April Wrap Up

Had a pretty slow reading month by my standards, summer hours have started at work so I’ve gone from 24 hours a week to 44 hours a week working, and 38 of those are Friday – Monday so I’m feeling a bit exhausted, and add to that we did double the amount of covers as this time last year.  And so I haven’t really been reading, haven’t stayed on top of my reviews, so I’m only a couple weeks ahead of myself instead of a month, and I’ve barely been blog hopping so I’m sorry for being less active. I hope everything is ok in all your lives, leave a comment if there’s anything you want to touch base about or just want to chat I miss everyone.

Books I read this month:

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Winger by Andrew Smith

Reviews I posted this month:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
Mini Reviews #3
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
Half Lost by Sally Green
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Books I bought this month:

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

AND THAT’S IT I’M SO PROUD OF MYSELF. They were all e-books and the majority of which were only 99p (except Anna Karenina). I can’t believe I held myself back like that.

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The Curse of the Bruel Coven by Sabrina Ramoth

Thanks to netgalley and Sabrina Ramoth for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Vivienne finds out that her mum wasn’t her actual mum after she dies and her birth mother was a witch who gave her up for adoption to protect her from the curse on her family.

I often talk about bad pacing in books, more often than not it’s too slow but this was just too fast. I had no idea what was going on half the time because it was moving so quickly. I didn’t learn much about the characters but suddenly the adventure was already beginning. Ramoth seems to have the same problem that I do when I write and that is not describing things enough and not taking the time to slow things down a bit. If you like fast paced books then this is the one for you. I just didn’t read enough character development. Because it’s so fast paced it’s definitely the kind of book to read if you are in need of a book to read quickly for a bibliothon or a challenge.

I liked the premise and the setting. Since watching AHS: Coven the idea of witches in New Orleans has always interested me. And having vampires in it made it a little bit better, I still like vampires. I liked that the MC was getting flashbacks to previous generations of her family and she had to figure out what was going on.

I wish the MC had phoned her gran because it was like “well I’ve found out she’s not my actual gran so I’m going to go find my birth mother and forget my gran exists. It just felt really rubbish to me. And on top of that the whole thing starts with her wanting to find her birth mother than her birth mother is kidnapped and we start to learn about all her extended family and there was just too many characters.

This review probably makes it sound like I didn’t like this book and honestly it was ok, I didn’t hate it, I just felt like the writing could use some work.

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5 Authors I Want to Read More From

This is a meme over on goodreads, I haven’t joined the group because I don’t normally do this but I didn’t have anything to post today and I was like damn what can I do?

Becky Albertalli

If you’ve been following me for long enough you know that I absolutely adore Becky and I just want her to write so many more books.

Rick Riordan

I’m so behind with Rick’s books and I really desperately need to catch up because I feel like I’m missing out so much.

Adam Silvera

I’ve only read History is All You Left Me but so many people talk about how good More Happy Than Not is, and I’m so excited for They Both Die at the End.

Sandhya Menon


I recently read When Dimple Met Rishi and absolutely adored it so I’m excited to see what Sandhya comes out with next.

Yaa Gyasi


Homegoing was so good I need to read more!!!!

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Thank you to netgalley and Corgi Childrens for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And thank you Corgi for also sending me a physical copy of this book from winning a goodreads giveaway.

Natasha is about to be deported. She’s trying everything she can to get her family to be able to stay in the US but she’s booked on a flight that night. While she’s running about NYC speakng to different lawyers and people who could maybe help she bumps into Daniel who is having a bit of a crisis over what he wants to do with his life. Daniel is immediately smitten but Natasha tries to hold herself back knowing that she

This is an example of when insta-love just really works. People have a big hatred for insta-love, and personally I’m not really for or against it. If it’s really bad then I hate it but with YA you’re reading about teenagers, I don’t know about you but when I was a teen I definitely suffered from insta-love.

I really enjoyed how this book played with fate. I loved learning the stories of the random people that the MCs bumped into, getting to see how their lives were changed from that run in. Seeing how people’s lives were so intertwined that they kept bumping into each other without even trying.

This was everything I wanted from a book about illegal immigrants that I didn’t get from Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz, which whilst a completely different story and background definitely felt really cliche at times. This book felt so real, it felt so lifelike, I loved getting to read about both Natasha and Daniel and their lives, but also their families lives. Everyone had their own story of how they got to where they were in life.

I loved how the book played off stereotypes, like Daniel being a super smart Korean kid and his parents wanting him to be a doctor, but he didn’t want to do that and wasn’t really sure what he was going to do with his life, and his brother wanting to completely immerse himself in American culture and forget his Korean roots.

This book was just an absolute joy to read to be honest. The writing style flowed so well and I think I read it in 1 sitting. You got just enough of each POV before a change so that you didn’t feel short changed but also didn’t get sick of that characters voice. I just really loved this book.

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Half Lost by Sally Green

This book broke my heart. I did not see what happened coming and I just didn’t know what to do with myself.

I feel like with this novel we came full circle with Nathan. In Half Bad Nathan doesn’t know who he is being half black half white and whether he’s good or bad. In Half Lost Nathan just doesn’t know who he is anymore. He’s really struggling over being the evil murderer that white witches expect him to be and just killing to survive.

There was finally the relationship that everyone was hoping for in this book but it actually kind of felt like a cop out. That being said I was reading it desperately hoping that the relationship was going to happen and that Nathan wasn’t leading the person on because he wasn’t in a good place.

There’s a huge fight at the end of this book, that’s not a spoiler it’s what you’d expect at the end of a fantasy novel but it honestly felt like there wasn’t much to the fight. It started then suddenly it was over and we were in the future.

There isn’t actually much I can say about this book without spoiling it or previous books. It wasn’t the perfect ending and there are some things I would definitely change but it was good.

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I Dare You Book Tag

Thank you to Casey for the tag! I’m not going to tag anyone because to be honest I am too tired to think of people, I’m working really solidly right now and there’s so many tourists I am just exhausted.

you must be honest
you must answer all the questions
you must tag at least 4 people

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?


Oh god probably The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next? 

Last read was When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Currently Reading The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine will be reading Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?


I wouldn’t say hated by I wasn’t a huge fan of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

The majority of the books I bought for 99p on kindle.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?


I’m going to steal everyone’s answer for this and go Game of Thrones

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I read it midway through because I’m like “holy shit I need to see if this character makes it”.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I like acknowledgements, I think they’re cute.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?


I would swap with Molly from Upside of Unrequited because her life seems really fun

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I wouldn’t say a book reminds me but the Breakaway album reminds me of reading all the Meg Cabot books back to back when I was like 12/13 because I listened to that album when I read them.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I found my copy of Anna and the French Kiss in a random coffee shop outside Fort William the day I was travelling to Australia and paid 50p to charity for it. It had a note inside from the person who bought it for the other, it was cute.

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

I don’t think so? I normally gift books rather than give them my old copy.

12. Which book has been with you most places?

Harry Potter, either in book form or audiobook form

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

No, if I hated it I hated it.

14. Used or brand new?

Both. Used is good because you get it for cheaper normally and sometimes you find peoples bookmarks and notes and things inside which I find really sweet, but also new books have that smell.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes I read Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Hmm, I’m sure there has been one or two because things sometimes work better as movies but I can’t think right now.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

I get hungry reading a lot of books hen they start talking about most food to be honest.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My dad, he reads a lot of stuff I’m not interested in, like nautical history and stuff but if he recommends me something that he’ll think I like considering he knows what I like then I give it a go. Also my friend Joanne because she reads a lot of the same books as me and we agree on our opinions.

19. My question is: Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Hmmm, I don’t know. I don’t really like crime or thriller books and so far I haven’t read anything that’s particularly wowed me.

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Thank you to netgalley and Hachette Children’s Group for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So Passenger was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog last year and I really liked it so when Wayfarer popped up on netgalley I was so quick to request it.

I felt like Wayfarer was definitely better than Passenger, but maybe thats because there’s a lot more of the time travelling world in it. Where the first book was getting to grips with the world and showing the reader what could happen the second book was a lot more fast paced and showed so much more of the time travelling aspect and the chases through time aspect that was originally advertised.

The main thing that I really liked about this book was that we got to know Etta and Nicholas away from each other. They were very reliant on each other in the first novel and yes there was insta-love, but in this book they spend the majority of it apart. We get to see how they tick in the time travel setting without each other there.

I liked how Bracken still continued with the world building in this novel. Things were introduced slowly, but not too slowly in that you were bored, and it built on previously explained things. There were times where I was a bit confused but that might have been my concentration levels rather than the actual novel. The little parts in each time period were well developed for the short amount of novel space they had and I got a good idea of the setting of each place without being overwhelmed.

I think I would’ve liked this even more had the end been different. It was kind of satisfying because it just ended with all the ends tied together, but it kind of left me feeling a bit like “oh of course it just all came together really nicely”. I’m not going to spoil anything but if anyone else had read it and felt like this please let me know so I can discuss it.

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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

So I used to love Twilight and I still like The Host so I wanted to give Stephenie Meyer’s new novel a try. I wanted to see what her writing was like now that it’s been like 8 years since her last full novel was released. And for someone who isn’t massively into thrillers this was ok!

Alex’s life since she left her job has been constantly on the move. She can’t stay in one place, but then she’s contacted by her old boss to find someone who could ruin the whole world.

The beginning was super slow so if you start the book and think the first few chapters are heavy going, it gets better. It was very much full of jargon and building that there wasn’t much plot.

Honestly this book ended up being very romance based, and the romance was quite unbelievable. It was like some sort of weird stockholm syndrome thing. If the couple had met under different circumstances I maybe would’ve liked them together but it just felt really awkward and wrong, and even the MC herself kept telling him not to like her because she tortured him.

Meyer’s biggest plus I think has always been her dialogue, she writes really good believable conversations between characters. Obviously a lot of the lines from Twilight are super cringey now but at the time people quoted it so much and there’s a reason those lines were so memorable.

Overall I’d say this was a fun, kind of mindless read, I could tell where the general plot was going there was a couple of times I was shocked but there was never something that I found to be a big twist. It was definitely not a book that thriller lovers would enjoy.

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Discussion: Multiple books in the same world

I’ve been thinking to myself lately about how authors tend to settle into loving the worlds the build and writing in that world and not doing much else. One of the people most well known for this is Cassandra Clare. I’m not the biggest fan of Clare as a person so this is coming from a pretty unbiased point of view I think, but people seem to ridicule her a lot for writing multiple books in the same world. They talk as if there is something wrong with this, as if she hasn’t written other books, like the Magisterium series, as if this is something out of the norm.

Now I am in no way comparing Clare to him, but Terry Pratchett wrote so many Discworld books, but I never saw anyone complaining about that. Rick Riordan has written 3 series based around the Greek Gods. There are so many other fantasy writers who write many books in the same world, though now I’m thinking about it the majority of which are male. I would also say that whilst there isn’t as much hate as Clare gets, J.K. Rowling gets a lot of people saying “ugh can she not write something else” when she adds something to the Harry Potter universe, as if people haven’t been so desperate for more of the Wizarding World that it has the biggest archive of fanfiction available.

Is this a misogyny thing or is it that people just love to hate Cassandra Clare? Yes, I’ll grant you she hasn’t done great things in the past, I’ve read so much about the things she did when she wrote fanfiction, and since then as well, but that has nothing to do with her continually writing in the same world. And it’s not as if it’s the same characters for all the books she writes, The Infernal Devices was set in the 1800s for goodness sake.

The other thing that I thought about was that a lot of the people who complain about authors writing about the same world are more often than not people who wouldn’t be buying any of the books the author writes anyway regardless of what world they’re set in. To add to that, they don’t take into account how much work an author puts into creating a world, they come up with so much content that a lot of people will literally never see because it’s irrelevant to the books themselves and is just part of the world, and I imagine it’s completely exhausting just thinking of it all.

Have you noticed any other authors get hate for writing in the same world when others have not? Do you think it’s misogyny or just bandwagon hate?

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Thank you to netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was one of my most hyped up lgbt+ reads of the year because hey, there’s not much f/f romance around. As a warning this book has emotional abuse from a parent who has mental health problems.

Grace spends her life moving between homes of her unbalanced mother’s boyfriends, where we pick up in the book she finds out that her mum is now dating her ex boyfriend’s dad and she now has to live with her ex boyfriend. Then Eva moves to town after losing her mum and Grace and Eva form an unlikely connection.

There was both bisexual and lesbian representation in this book which is always a good thing and the love interest was biracial which made it even better.

My biggest issue was just that I wished that Grace had communicated with Eva better. I wish she had actually told her that Eva having a relationship with her mother made her uncomfortable. In general I wish she had learned to put herself first a lot earlier, I felt very frustrated for a lot of this novel by Grace’s mum and whist obviously Blake wrote her character well for me to feel that way I think a little bit of communication would have alleviated some of that feeling.

The mum was honestly the worst character, she was so incredibly annoying and self obsessed. Now yes she had mental health problems, which is made clearly obvious and the MC is very good at not blaming her for every bad action but man it was so, I can’t even think of the word but it left me feeling like “???” at times. Like of course I know people exist like this and live heir lives like this, but I struggle to understand it because I just don’t know how they can do it. All I can say is that Blake wrote her really well. She was complex, as was every character. Both the MC, love interest and the best friend had some really good character development and it made the book an absolute joy to read.

There was a scene where our MC masturbates in this which I absolutely adored, not in a pervy way, but I’m all about books normalising female masturbation. You barely read about female masturbation in adult books let alone young adult books. I want young girls to know it’s ok to explore their bodies in the same ways that boys do and that it’s normal and there’s nothing wrong or promiscuous about it.

I want to read more from Ashley Herring Blake now, especially if she writes more lgbt+ books.

How To Make A Wish is out on the 2nd of May

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