Books · Wrap-up

August Wrap Up | 2021

Happy September!
I literally cannot believe it’s September already?! Where is this year going???
August was a bit of a slow reading month for me. I managed to read 4 books, which I’m actually really happy with as I didn’t read for a few weeks and one book was over a 1000 pages long. So, I don’t think I did too bad.

Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler

A sci-fi short story/novella. Very interesting and weird. I honestly didn’t know what to make of this when I read it. I still can’t really articulate what went on nor how I felt.
Rating: 3 Stars

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Reread)
I want to continue the Stormlight Archive but it’s been a few years since I first read TWOK, so I reread it. I didn’t really enjoy it when I first read it but now I cannot understand why?! I absolutely loved it. It was dense and hard going – it’s over 1100 pages, which I think was overwhelming the first time. This time around I listened to the audiobook while reading which was a great decision. I loved it! Now onto the sequel!
Rating: 5 Stars

A Dance with the Fae Prince by Elise Kova

One of my most anticipated releases of 2021 and it did not disappoint!
I really really enjoyed this! I devoured it in one sitting, so good. I love this series and cannot wait for the next one.
Full review here // Rating: 4 Stars

The Tea Dragon Society by K. O’Neill

I finished off the month with a light, easy read. This adorable middle grade graphic novel!
I will have a full review up for this soon. But OMG, the cuteness of this!!! I can’t get over it. I will be reading the next one ASAP!
Rating: 5 Stars

Let me know what you read in August!

Books · Review

Book Review: A Dance with the Fae Prince by Elise Kova (Married to Magic)

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Synopsis:

She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer.

Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. Feelings are off the table.

But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.

As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape.

Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidently pilfered the magic of ancient kings – magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne – and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding.

The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel?


My thoughts:

I loved this!! I was absolutely obsessed with A Deal with the Elf King when I read it last year, I have been highly anticipating this ever since. Like it’s predecessor, it’s a retelling, this time around it’s a Cinderella retelling! Which is very evident throughout. It’s draws inspiration from Psyche and Eros, which I’m not super familiar with.

I devoured this in one sitting. It’s such an easy, binge-able read!
If you’re looking for a feel good, quick romance-fantasy, definitely pick this (and the previous one) up!

The romance is force marriage and a bit slow burn. There’s a bit of tension since the love interest, Lord Fenwood, is very mysterious and reclusive. Katria tries her hardest to get to know her husband but he is reluctant. I love that kind of angsty/reluctant romance!

This one gave more worldbuilding than the last, which I was extremely happy about. I live for good worldbuilding. I am so invested in this world and learning more about it! Fae are one of my favourite fantasy creatures(?) – so I was ecstatic about the Fae of this world and seeing the differences between them and the Elves of previous novel.

The only issue I had was the pacing. It was a bit off for me, it was super quick for the most part, but toward the middle it slowed down a bit too much. It got a little repetitive at times. That being said, I still managed to read it in one sitting, so it’s not painfully slow or anything like that.

There was less romance in this one, compared to ADWTEK, this had more fantasy-quest vibes. Overall, The plot is pretty predictable but a very fun read nonetheless. Not a mind-blowing, complicated read, just simple and familiar. It’s a comforting read rather than tense and high stakes. I really enjoyed reading it, I would absolutely read this again. I can’t wait for the next instalment in the Married to Magic series!

Rating: 4 Stars

Books · Review

*ARC Review: XOXO by Axie Oh

XOXO : Oh, Axie: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Synopsis:
Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.


My thoughts:

Oh my goodness, what an adorable book!

First off, I’m not a Kpop fan, so I’m not super aware of the fandom and artists etc. However, I don’t think you have to be a Kpop fan to really enjoy this – I loved it!
If you are a Kpop fan then you will enjoy it even more probably.

It’s obviously a YA Romance – so if that’s not your thing then definitely skip this one.
The romance is forbidden lovers/secret romance – Love that trope personally. It’s also a little slow burn, which I also enjoyed. The whole celebrity/famous person with a normal person trope is such an entertaining trope. I will never tire of it. I really thought Jenny and Jaewoo were SO adorable. Although, I couldn’t relate to Jenny on a personal level, her character was so well written I was still completely invested in her story.

Additionally, the side characters were all amazing and well developed. The friendships in this book were equally as lovely as the romance. I loved seeing the friendships blossom. I loved all the side characters, but hello do we need a sequel about Sori and Nathaniel please!!

I learnt so much from reading this book. Romance and plot aside, I really enjoyed learning about kpop and South Korea, the culture, the people. Also, the music aspect. I was pretty clueless about that too. I enjoyed learning all about being a musician and the boarding school in SK was a great setting.

Even though I couldn’t relate to a hell of a lot of it, I still enjoyed all of it. The writing was really fantastic and I was invested and immersed in the culture, customs, etc of South Korea. It was all explained really well and in such a way that I am now in love with SK. It was all fascinating, I knew so little going in, now I want to just fly to South Korea.

Overall, a light-hearted, fun romance novel that is perfect for summer reading!
It’ll make you smile, laugh and feel all warm inside (that’s coming from someone with a heart of ice). Couldn’t recommend it more!

Rating: 4 Stars

XOXO is available on Kindle now, the Hardback is out August 5th.

*Book was gifted. All views are my own.
Thank you to Harper Collins for the Advance Reader’s Copy

Books · Review

The Most Unlikeable MC EVER? | Book Review: Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Meet Cute Diary : Lee, Emery: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Synopsis:

Noah Ramirez thinks he’s an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There’s just one problem—all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.

When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.

In this charming novel by Emery Lee, Noah will have to choose between following his own rules for love or discovering that the most romantic endings are the ones that go off script. 

My thoughts:

I really wanted to love this.
I really wanted this to be a new fave.
But it really wasn’t good.

The Good:

The Rep – Mixed race main character, trans rep, bisexual, mlm, anxiety/panic disorder

The Storyline – The story was interesting, I will give that to the author. It was very plot driven, there’s no likable characters to really latch on to. I only finished this book for the plot aspect, I’m usually more of a character driven person. It had so much potential! Fake dating is one of my favourite tropes, I wish the characters were better so that the plot worked better.

Trans joy – Yay! I’m so glad this was about trans joy instead of suffering and struggles – not to say that’s not important but I feel that joy is often left out.

Tumblr blog – I like Tumblr, like when Tumblr is included in books. I find it really relatable as someone who has been on that platform for like decade. (wow, when did I get so old?)

The side characters were way more likeable than the main character. I really liked Devin, e was the best by far. I also learned about the pronouns e/eir/em – which I had not previous come across. The topic of pronouns was discussed a few times, I learned a few things which is great!

The Bad:

To balance out the joy there was toxicity.
Toxic relationship between Drew and Noah, they are an awful combination.
But then again even though Drew was a terrible boyfriend, Noah was an awful person… so *sips tea*

The Ugly:

Noah.
When I say Noah is the most insufferable character to ever exist, that is an understatement. I don’t mind unlikeable characters, as long as they’re interesting and their motives and behaviours are founded.
Noah is just an entitled asshole. Very little character development happens. Noah lacks self-awareness completely and is just awful to everyone around him. He’s a brat, spoiled and thinks he’s too good for everything and everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever found a more annoying character to read from in my entire reading history. Noah is the literal worst!

It makes me laugh that the synopsis says, ‘In this charming novel by Emery Lee’ – when in fact it is not charming at all.

Rating: 2 Stars

Most disappointing read of the year so far.

Books · Tag

The Cake Flavoured Book Tag!

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Hello bookish friends!

I took an impromptu break, I just didn’t have any inspiration for posts, so took a week or so off!  So today I’m doing a tag to ease back into things! This tag combines two of my favourite things in the world; cake and books! I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I saw this over on White Rose Stories

*Warning this post contains pictures/gifs of delicious looking cakes. You may experience hunger.

CHOCOLATE — a dark book that you loved.
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I don’t read tons of ‘dark’ books…
So I’m going to cheat and say a series: A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. They’re pretty dark in tone; definitely not a cheery series.


VANILLA —  favourite light read.

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I have so many!!
I go with a recent one,
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
CUTEST romance novel ever. All the feels! So light and fluffy.

 


RED VELVET — a book that gave you mixed emotions.

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
*GASP*
Everyone loves this book, so this is a bit of an unpopular opinion. I had extremely high expectations going in and this completely flopped. I liked the last 200ish pages maybe, I did enjoy the world and characters. But overall it was so mediocre, it’s just a mix of SJM’s previous series. I do want to continue the series, I hope book two does an ACOMAF and blows me away!


CHEESECAKE — a book that you’d recommend to everyone.

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Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Very relevant to what’s going on in the world right now, I think everyone could benefit from reading this book. We all need to educate ourselves on the topic of racism and inequality.


COFFEE — a book that you started but never finished.

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I haven’t DNF’d in a while…
But I did DNF My True Love Gave to Me ed. by Stephanie Perkins back in December…
It was a snoozefest, wasn’t my thing at all.


CARROT — a book with great writing.

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Of course, I couldn’t do a tag without mentioning a Sanderson novel!
Warbreaker is such a great (and underrated) book! If you’re looking to get into adult fantasy and don’t want to commit to a series, this would be a great start!


I tag whoever wants to do this tag!

Audiobooks · Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

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Synopsis:

“Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.’ Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. ‘Are your parents quite disappointed?’

Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.

As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?


Rep: Pakistani Mulism

My thoughts:

I had never read a Muslim romance before, I didn’t know at all how dating worked in regards to their religion – so I was interested to learn about it! It surprised me, I have to say, I am obviously very ignorant to how Muslim relationships work. It was more lax than I anticipated and more relatable too.

It was dubbed ‘Muslim Bridget Jones’ – although it was amusing, it wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny. I did get Bridget Jones vibes from Sofia, if you like those books/films you’d probably enjoy this too. I really enjoyed the humour throughout the book!

There’s a lot of day-to-day life shown, which is fine to listen to, I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed if I read it. Also, it is very dialogue heavy, which I believe comes across well on audio, not sure it would be as enjoyable to physically read. It definitely could’ve been edited down more, it was a long audiobook and most of it was filler. With that being said, I didn’t find myself bored at any point.

Narrator: Rita Sharma has a voice that’s very easy to listen to for hours. I listen to the whole thing (11.5ish hours) in 3 days or so. It was very bingeable, I listened to more than half of it in one day. I was pretty invested in Sofia’s story!

Dislikes/TW:
There were some offensive jokes about black people and a lot of fatphobia. That being said, it did touch upon other issues such as stereotypes, immigration and racism. It’s a shame it included other forms of prejudice.

Rating: 3 Stars

Books · Review

Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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There may be spoilers for the first book.
I have a spoiler-free review of Nevernight here.


Synopsis:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.


My Thoughts:

Oh. My. God. This. Book.

It was absolutely amazing! I enjoy this so much more than Nevernight, which I did enjoy, but this took it to the next level. Nevernight took ages to pick up and get gripping, for me. Godsgrave had a faster pace from the beginning and I was sucked into the world much easier in this one. It still took me a while to read, the writing style isn’t one I find I can fly through but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story.

Still not a fan of the footnotes, I have to be honest: I just don’t see the point. It just seems like an info dump/ lazy world-building. Most of them are too long and they have a tendency to slow down the story and take me out of the story. It’s just odd. If I were to reread this series I would probably skip the footnotes, they aren’t hugely relevant to the story and I forget them almost immediately after reading. Yet I keep reading them. In hope, it’ll be important at some point.

The setting was amazing: it is a gladiator centred setting – which was so cool! I did not expect this type of setting after the last one being wholely a school setting. It was a nice surprise!

I loved getting to know more about Mia’s power’s/ Darkins in general; I love anything to do with dark magic, daemons etc. I was dying to know more about Mr Kindly from book one and you definitely get everything you want in this book!

The only “bad” thing I can say is: the plot twists were seriously predictable. I wasn’t overly surprised at anything. That’s the only reason this book wasn’t a 4.5-5 star read for me.

I know this book is suppose to be adult but it seriously reads like YA. (Other than the excessive swearing + sex scenes)

Characters:
Mia: I love Mia, especially in this book. I felt so connected and invested in her story and the revenge she wants for her family. I am fully invested, emotionally, in Mia, I had all the feels for her in various ways over the course of this book.
Her character development has been decent, not super amazing but it’s definitely there.

Mr Kindly + Eclipse: These two!! I love that they hate each other and have banter back and forth. I loved getting to know more about them in this book. It was SO cool and interesting to get deeper into the daemon stuff.

Rating: 4.25 Stars


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Books · Favourites

The BEST Books I Read This Summer | 2019

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Hey Guys!
Summer’s over. Sadly. Onto the best season of the year: Autumn!
I always do my best reading in A/W – no idea why but summer sucks for reading for me! It doesn’t make sense because I’m free of uni and have so much free time. Alas, I did manage to read a few AMAZING books this summer! Yay.

Onto the books, in no particular order:

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson

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This series is everything!! I loved every moment – a new favourite series.
I honestly have no idea why I didn’t read this sooner. I knew I would like it, as a lot of people with the same taste do, but I never expected to love it as much as I do.
I binged this whole series, I was seriously OBSESSED. I could not put it down. None of the books took me longer than 2 days to read. I got through this series seriously fast, I drank it up. I highly recommend binging these books. I loved every single second of it.

Spoiler-free Review here | Spoilery Discussion here

Purchase the series here: Amazon UK


Saga Vol 1 by Brian Vaughan + Fiona Staples

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My first ever graphic novel and I ADORED it. It was so entertaining! I was instantly hooked by the story and invested in the characters. So well done.
I was seriously surprised by this, I never expected to be so in love and taken by this comic.
Review here

Purchase on Amazon UK: Physical | Kindle


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Another surprise! I don’t read a lot of adult contemporary/romance/chick lit but I saw this floating around and was intrigued. The premise had me interested and once I started reading I was HOOKED. I was so invested in the characters and the story, it was funny and sad in places and so well written! AMAZING debut novel.
Review here.

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Books · Tag

The Book Blogger Confessions Tag

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1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry.
I just couldn’t get into the story – may potentially try again in the future.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?

I don’t really believe in ‘guilty pleasures’ – why should you feel bad for enjoying something?
I guess I’d go with ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas – a lot of people find her problematic and she doesn’t include diversity which sucks.

3. Which book do you love to hate?

I have a few:
The Name of the Wind
Wuthering Heights
The Night Circus

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. THAT ENDING. Awful.

5. Which book have you read the most?

I’ve read the ACOTAR trilogy 3 times

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

Harry Potter. Vom.

7.  Which book could you not live without?

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

8. Which book made you the angriest?

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – It’s so boring. I don’t understand how anyone could remotely enjoy it.

Also, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – the plot twist was awful + it had one of the most boring, crappy endings to a series I’ve ever read.

9. Which book made you cry the most?

I don’t cry a lot at books but Kingdom of Ash had me SOBBING.

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

Literally, all the UK Rick Riordan covers. I AM SO MAD. The US covers are gorgeous. The UK are just ugly. Breaks my heart because the books are AMAZING.

 

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Books · Wrap-up

Monthly Wrap Up | August 2019

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Hey guys!
I can’t believe August is over! It flew by.
I’m moving out tomorrow so I know I won’t be reading much today (and definitely won’t be finishing any more books). So I thought I’d post my wrap up today!
I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted but I had a decent month.

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The first book I finished was The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. I LOVED THIS. What an amazing conclusion to an incredible trilogy. I am obsessed.
New favourite YA fantasy series for sure!

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review for The Remnant Chronicles here!

 

 


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Next, I finished the audiobook of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck by Mark Manson. This was okay. At first, it seemed like a fun way to approach self-help and improvement but the attitude got boring fast.

Rating: 3 Stars

 


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Next, I finished a graphic novel: *Rose by Denis Lapière and Émilie Alibert / Art by Valérie Vernay.
I requested this on Netgalley, I didn’t know anything about this before reading. It’s a cool mystery story with paranormal elements. I was really surprised by this, I don’t normally read mystery, especially not in graphic novel form, but it was a great read.

Rating: 3.75 Stars
Review here!


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Next, I read another graphic novel: *Aion by Ludovic Rio.
I requested this on Netgalley, all I knew is that it was sci-fi and the artwork looked cool. I’m SO glad I got this! It was such a cool story and really, really enjoyed it!

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 

 


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The next book I finished was *Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron.

Rating: 3 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Lastly, I finished another audiobook: The Humans by Matt Haig.
I enjoyed this, it was funny and entertaining. It started off really well but gradually got less entertaining + I didn’t really like the ending. It’s still worth a read though!

Rating: 3.5 Stars


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