March – July Wrap Up

Hello! I haven’t done a wrap up in ages so I figured I’d make this month’s an all in one  to share what books I’ve been reading over the past few months and my thoughts on them. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ *

Honestly, this book started off being a five-star read. It had the perfect mix of atmosphere and intriguing characters, especially the protagonist Catherine (aka the Red Queen) as she was such a likeable character and I was really invested in her story and her journey to becoming the Red Queen I know (and love) from Alice in Wonderland. However as the story continued I felt like the plot and characterisation both became a bit inconsistent and I was left disappointed with the ending. Still I really enjoyed the first half of the book and I found the relationship between Catherine and Jest to be sweet if a little quick.

Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A new favourite! Stolen Songbird is one of the best books I’ve read this year so far and it was such a fun and compelling story. It’s about a young girl being kidnapped and taken to an underground kingdom of trolls which are creatures I don’t think I’ve ever read about before, especially not in a romantic context. It had all of my favourite guilty pleasure tropes, an arranged marriage, political intrigue and a slow burning hate-to-love romance and I just loved it so much. I immediately bought the rest of the series and I can’t wait to continue on.

Losing It by Cora Cormack ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I picked this up on a whim at a charity shop a while ago after recognising the author’s name and decided to give it a go and I was really pleasantly surprised. I usually hate the teacher-student romance trope but I honestly didn’t mind it in Losing It. I liked Bliss as a main character and the plot had the perfect mix of humor and romance that I haven’t read in a while. It wasn’t perfect but it was a lot of fun and I’m really glad I picked it up. However, I don’t think I’ll continue on in the series as the next book is about Cole who I actually really disliked in the book so I’m not that interested in his storyline but maybe if I see it for cheap I might grab it anyway.

Dreadnought by April Daniels ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ *

I actually quite liked this book but I don’t know if I’ll be doing a full review due to some comments made by the author that I found after reading Dreadnought.

Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆*

I requested this after hearing a lot of hype on twitter and to be honest I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. The romance felt very fast paced and instant and I was more interested in what happened to the protagonists brother in the woods and the mystery surrounding his murder rather than reading about Shepard. I did enjoy the banter between Claudia and Shepard though and I liked how the book explored Claudia’s recovery process. I’m interested in reading more of Rebekah Weatherspoon’s work as I’ve heard a lot of great things and I really liked her writing style and characterisation in Haven.

Play With Me by Alisha Rai ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Again, another twitter recommendation! I actually really liked Play With Me. The two protagonists were each others first loves and had an intimate and long term relationship that eventually unraveled and Play With Me explores a chance reunion that gives them both the opportunity so see just how much the other has changed and possibly continue their relationship where it left off. I enjoyed the fact that it focused on two ex’s reuniting and gave us a lot of backstory to their relationship as it made their interactions more believable and interesting to read about. It’s quite a quick read so I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fun adult romance.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I don’t know why I put off reading this for so long! I knew I’d love it but I just always avoided picking it up but with the film coming out I just really wanted to read it and I’m so glad I did. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is such a cute book, it’s so much fun and a great summer read. Simon is an easy character to like and I feel like Becky Albertalli’s writing YA characters so well that there was something relatable within each of the characters. I was slightly underwhelmed with how the blackmailing storyline turned out but that’s one of my only gripes and I’d 100% recommend picking this up.

Alice by Christina Henry ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Another Alice in Wonderland retelling! This, however is a lot darker than Heartless, it’s actually quite a brutal and gory take on the classic Alice tale and Christina Henry’s interpretation was so interesting to read. In this book Alice has been a patient at an ‘asylum’ after being found bloody and beaten muttering about a rabbit after going missing in what is considered the ‘bad’ part of the city. We then follow Alice’s subsequent escape years later alongside another resident, axe-murderer Hatcher as they’re forced to hunt down the evil known as the Jabberwocky. It’s honestly such a unique take on Alice and I definitely think more people should read it (though do check out the trigger warnings beforehand). I can’t wait to find out where the story goes in the sequel as the book ends on a really intriguing note.

*All books marked with an asterisk were sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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October – January Wrap Up

So since I’ve been taking a break from blogging I’ve obviously read quite a few books that I haven’t spoken about so I figured I’d just do a huge wrap up rather than posting small individual ones (as I really didn’t read a lot per month). I’m trying to get back into regularly posting now as things have been hectic these past few months so try to bear with me. You also may notice that I haven’t been reading a lot of books and that’s because I’ve been having vision problems that are making it hard to read and I’m currently having that looked at to see what the problem is. I have been trying to listen to audio books though but I just haven’t been able to get on with the narrators so feel free to recommend some good audio books if you know of any. Thanks for reading this long paragraph and sticking with me! (BTW sorry if this is a bit slap dash as I just really wanted to get this posted.)

the-girl-with-all-the-gifts-by-m-r-careyThe Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

An original and exciting  apocalyptic novel that takes the typical zombie lore in a completely different direction. Melanie is a young girl who knows nothing of the world outside of the school she lives in, every day she is taken from her cell, strapped into a wheelchair and taken to class. This continues on and on and slowly Melanie notices things are changing, her classmates seem to disappear randomly and things are tense in the compound. i just had so much fun reading this book, it’s fast paced and exciting and just so easy to read. I loved the character development of both Melanie and the people around her as they accept the world that they live in. I really liked this and I can’t wait to see the film.

bones-and-allBones and All by Camille DeAngelis ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This book is kind of a magical realism take on cannibalism, i know that sounds really strange but it’s such a good story. Maren and her mother have to move every few months, every time they settle down for too long Maren ends up eating somebody. Yes, eating somebody. On her eighteenth birthday Maren wakes to her mother gone, leaving only enough for her to get by, she’s been abandoned. This leads Maren to search for the father she’s ever known and possibly the answer to her cannibalistic problem. Maren is such an interesting character and I enjoyed reading from the perspective of a sort of anti-hero as she struggles to control her urges. It’s definitely not a happy story (note – cannibalism) but it’s so interesting to read. I loved following Maren’s journey as she is thrust into the real world after being protected by her mother her whole life whilst also trying to be a normal teenage girl. It’s definitely an underrated novel that I think’s worth a read.

faithful-placeFaithful Place by Tana French  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Another great addition the Dublin Murder Squad series! This time the story focuses on Frank, an undercover officer who we met in the second book. I enjoyed his story a lot more than I thought I would and Frank quickly grew on me despite my issues with him early on. Faithful Place focuses on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Frank’s first love and the resurfacing of her suitcase in the rundown house they used to meet in. I had an inkling to the plot twist early on but I still really enjoyed it and I loved the dynamic between Frank and his family, it came across as really authentic. I can’t wait to get around to the next book as this has quickly become one of my favourite series.

172-hours-on-the-moon-by-johan-harstad172 Hours on the Moon by Jonah Harstad ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5)

172 Hours on the Moon is a science fiction YA horror novel about 4 teenagers who all win a trip to Mars on the first space mission since the moon landing. The book focuses on the different perspectives of the people involved in this mission as well as the teenagers as they prepare for this mission, it also has interesting pictures and mixed media aspects to add to the reading experience. To be honest after hearing how terrifying this book was supposed to be I was slightly underwhelmed. It’s creepy but not terrifying as I’d hoped, I think I expected a more exciting reveal to all of the secrets and hints to what lay on the moon. Despite this it was a fun book and the ending went a totally different way than I was expecting.

defender-by-g-x-toddDefender by G. X. Todd ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’m going to be writing a full review ASAP. Quick thoughts though – this book was so action-packed and fast paced that I genuinely couldn’t put it down. It has so many unexpected twists and turns that you never know what may happen next so you have to keep reading. It’s set in a post apocalyptic world and was a really fun read. More in my review!

forgive-me-leonard-peacockForgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’ve had this book for a while and picked it off of my bookshelf on a whim one day when I was looking for a stand-alone book to read and I was actually pleasantly surprised with how this book turned out. Leonard is a teenage boy who decides that the only option for him is to kill his ex-best-friend turned bully and then himself. But first, he has to say goodbye to the few friends he has and it doesn’t exactly go the way he expects. As expected this is a sad yet sometimes funny story that focuses on the struggles of a teenage boy as he has to deal with things that no child should have to deal with. This is my first Matthew Quick novel and I own a few others and after this I can’t wait to pick them up. Definitely look up potential triggers for this book though as it does deal with some sensitive subjects.

you-know-me-wellYou Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

You Know Me Well is one of the cutest and loveliest books I’ve read. It tells the story of two gay teens, Katie and Mark as they deal with their respective relationship problems and how they help each other after meeting at a gay club during Pride. I love stories that focus on friendships and I think this book kind of took the ‘whirlwind romance’ trope and applies it to the friendship between Mark and Katie. As mentioned though there is a little bit of romance in this book as both of our protagonists are dealing with crushes that they really want to work out, Katie on her best friend’s cousin and Mark on his lifelong best friend. This book deals with a lot of different topics such as unrequited love, toxic friendships and just generally being a teenager whilst also being a fun and light read which I really liked. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for something quick and easy to break up you’re reading.

a-monster-callsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book is genuinely one of the most beautifully told stories I’ve ever read. I read from the edition that featured the illustrations and tied with Patrick Ness’ writing it definitely made for an emotional read. A Monster Calls is about a young boy called Connor who is visited by a tree monster at night and in the weeks that follow the tree monster tells him three stories that change everything. I absolutely loved this book, as always Patrick Ness writes beautifully and the story is wonderfully told. I just loved it and I think it’s an important read for people of all ages. I also went to see the film adaptation in the cinema and it’s just as amazing as the book.

everything-everythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A really sweet and lovely story about a young girl who hasn’t been able to leave the house for most of her life due to severe allergies and what happens when a new family (and boy) move next door. This was such a quick read as Nicola Yoon’s writing is so addictive and the romance is so compelling that you just have to find out what happens. I haven’t read a lot of romance based YA in a while but this has definitely made me want to pick up more which is great seeing as I received Yoon’s newest novel, The Sun is also a Star for Christmas.

sherlock-holmes-and-the-disappearing-diamondSherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I posted a full review here as part of a blog tour.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

August Wrap Up

I’ve finally have time to post my August wrap up! I’ve been a little busy recently (mainly because of the new Fallout 4 DLC’s) so I’m posting this a little late which I hope is okay. Anyway last month I managed to read 11 books which is pretty good for me especially as I only managed to read 1 the month before. I’ve just been reading a lot more than I normally do recently so I’m hoping to keep reading this way during September as well. So! The books I read during August were –

Timeless by Gail Carriger ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A great end to a great series! I really enjoyed this book as it explored Alexia’s relationships with her new family and also her discovering some things about her past family. I also liked how it explored some of the side characters such as Biffy and Ivy as I love them both. I don’t want to say much in case I spoil it but I definitely recommend picking this book up! I can’t wait to start reading the spin off books in the Finishing School series.

The Girls by Emma Cline ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’m actually going to be posting a full review of this book soon!  I loved it though and definitely recommend it but I’ll talk about my thoughts more in my review.

Monstress Volume 1  by Marjorie Lu ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5)

Monstress was great but slightly confusing, like most graphic novels it drops you in at the deep end and it sometimes left me wondering what was going on. It had a really interesting epic fantasy plot with an amazing female character but sometimes the actual backstory wasn’t easy to follow. The art was absolutely beautiful though and I did really enjoy it. I’ll probably pick up the next volume once it comes out.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book was phenomenal! The writing was beautiful and the plot flowed so beautifully and I couldn’t stop reading once I started. The main protagonist, Yeine was such a fascinating, strong character and her transition from the leader of a small settlement to heiress to the king was really interesting to read about. I loved Jemisin’s inclusion of the gods, the world and backstory she built was so intricately designed that I had to keep reading until I found out what happened. I also loved the poly relationship inclusion too, there should be way more in fiction. I ordered the second book as soon as I finished this one and I can’t wait to read it!

Daughter of the Forest by Juliette Marillier  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

After reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms I was in the mood for more fantasy so I picked up Daughter of the Forest as it seems to be a staple in all of the epic fantasy recommendation lists I’ve read and I know why. It’s exactly what you’d expect out of an epic fantasy book, great world building, interesting characters and a compelling plot. As it’s a retelling of  ‘The Six Swans’ fairy tale it had a certain magical and homely atmosphere to it which I loved.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This was such an amazing book! Definitely a new favourite! It’s such an intriguing mystery about a girl, Sophie who is just leaving rehab and is on a mission to solve a murder she was witness to. I loved how it flicked from current events to the past to reveal what lead up to each moment and it’s so genuinely fascinating. I thought Sophie’s relationship with Mina was really heart wrenching and was glad the author didn’t act as if Sophie wasn’t affected by what had happened and actually dealt with the emotional aftermath. I really loved it and the mystery of who the killer was left me gripped to the end.

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I was really craving a great science fiction book and I’m so glad I chose this to read. I liked the main character, Sirantha a lot and I thought her power, the ability to jump through ‘grimspace’ was really unique and created a lot of interesting situations. Sirantha is struggling after her ship crash lands leaving everybody, including her boyfriend, dead and she absolutely has no memory of it. Once arrested for this crash she is then freed by a group of people who, like the her previous employers want to use her for their own means. I just found this book really fun and compelling, I loved all of the characters and though I wasn’t such a huge fan of the romance I still couldn’t stop reading. I can’t wait to pick up the next book!

Wonder Woman – Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ (2.5)

I picked this up from the library on a whim because I love Wonder Woman but it really didn’t do it for me. It’s always hard to get into comics because of the multiple storylines but this just seemed a lot less coherent than the rest. I felt like WW’s character wasn’t given the writing she deserved and there was to much focus on her relationship, Nemesis rather than the consequences of her previous actions. I’m also kinda sick of the whole pitting great female characters against each other to sell more copies as it really reduces Wonder Woman’s character to someone I can’t recognise. The art is really beautiful though so I guess that’s a selling point!

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is such a perfect summer romance read! I needed something cute and fun after reading a lot of dark and sometimes slow build SFF books and this definitely fit the bill. Though it’s sweet and fun it does explore some deeper subjects such as unhealthy relationships whilst dealing with the otherwise normal high school drama. Leila has to deal with a lot, her parents expectations of her, her sexuality and shifting social groups and she’s still such a sweet and funny character despite the hardships she’s been dealt. I also loved her developing relationship which I won’t spoil, I thought it was really raw and real compared to her previous relationship and this book just contained such a great cast of characters that you can’t help but love.

In the Woods by Tana French ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’m not normally a huge reader of crime novels but In the Woods left me with a newfound love for the genre. I went into it without knowing what it was really about and I think that made it all the better as most of the plot was a mystery to me. I don’t want to spoil too much but it focuses on the murder investigation of a young girl in a small Irish town.The lead detective, Rob notices the similarities to a missing persons case that he was involved in as a child and tries to search for the answers about his past. The end wasn’t exactly what I wanted as it left some questions unanswered which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars.

The Likeness by Tana French ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is the ‘sequel’ to In the Woods though it is more of a companion novel. It’s set a bit after the first book but focuses on Rob’s partner, Cassie when she’s faced with a dead body that looks almost identical to her own, using an undercover identity she once used. I honestly loved this book and everything in it. I loved the group dynamic that’s included and the actual investigation itself is so intriguing. I just really loved this book and it’s definitely a new favourite. I can’t wait to read the next book from her ex-boss Frank’s point of view as he was a really interesting character.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

June Wrap Up/Book Haul

Sadly I was only able to read 2 books last month though I was hoping for more. It was a pretty hectic month for me and I was also in a bit of a reading slump after binge reading most of the Parasol Protectorate series so hopefully things will look up a bit this month and I manage to get more reading done. Despite this the books that I did read were excellent and they were –

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This was an absolutely phenomenal book despite the fact it was so heart-breaking and sometimes difficult to read. It educated me on a lot of things that I wasn’t knowledgeable about before, not only North Korea as a whole but the sex trade within China and the treatment of victims of the North Korean regime. It’s such a hard book to read due to how distressing it can be but it’s definitely worth it as Yeonmi Park fights to become the amazing activist she is today. I definitely recommend picking this one up!

Heartless by Gail Carriger ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Like all the Gail Carriger books I’ve read before, I loved this. As always Alexia and Co. were hilarious and intriguing to read about and I loved some of the things that developed in this book and how they affected the group dynamic as a whole. I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll say no more but I definitely think this series is worth a read if you’re into the paranormal genre or looking for something fun to read.


Since I didn’t get much reading done in June I figured I’d include the books I picked up in this post as well! Here are the books I picked up in June-

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Art is Dead – The asdf Book by Thomas Ridgewelll

Black Widow – Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Beloved by Toni Morrison

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

A Court of Mist and Fury  by Sarah J Maas (I just realised this was in last months haul as well. Sorry!)

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee

Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

Heartless by Gail Carriger

Timeless by Gail Carriger

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Easy by Tammara Webber

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Fell by Jenn Ashworth

Lizzy Bennett’s Diary by Marcia Williams

DC Bombshells Volume 1 by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage

Thanks for reading! 🙂

May Wrap Up

I read a total of 6 books in May and I absolutely loved every single one of them so it was a great reading month for me! I’m a few books ahead in my Goodreads reading challenge so I’m hoping to read just as many if not more in June. Sorry if these reviews are a bit rambly I’m trying to get used to writing them again! To find out more about each book click the title link for the Goodreads page as these are just my thoughts. Anyway, the books I read were –

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This was a beautifully written book with relatable and easy to love characters that I just connected with from the outset. I enjoyed Lou’s character, especially her relationship with her sister as sometimes books don’t really get how up and down that can be and sisters always seem to be the best of friends. I just thought it was a really sweet story but I’m not sure if I’m completely comfortable with the ending as there have been a lot of discussions of ableism surrounding the book which I (coming from a place of privilege) can’t really comment on. I do really want to see how they’ve transferred this book to film though so I may have to go see it. I also really want to check out the sequel.

Soulless by Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate #1) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5)

It’s been so long since I’ve read a paranormal book and I’m so glad I chose this one to re-introduce me to the genre. This book has such a great cast of characters from the hilarious Alexia to the resigned Professor Lyall and I enjoyed every single one of them (with the exception of Conall at times). Gail Carriger has a way of writing that just can make you laugh and cry within a span of a few sentences and I love how witty Alexia’s character is. Soulless was just a really fun read and I definitely recommend picking it up if you’re looking for something a bit different from your usual reads.

Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Unsurprisingly this book was just as good, if not better than it’s predecessor Soulless and I loved it from start to finish. I’m going to try to avoid spoilers but the introduction of Madame Lefoux’s character was just what the series needed to bump it up to 5 stars as she bought a different type of humour and intrigue to the book. Again I wasn’t a huge Conall fan but I can look past that just so I can read more about Alexia’s adventures and watch her character grow even more than she has from the previous book.

Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Another great book from Gail Carriger and definitely a great addition to the series. I enjoyed how this book explored Alexia’s independence from Conall as well as her relationships with both Madame Lefoux and Floote. I also liked how Professor Lyall’s character was explored in more detail as we went from Alexia’s POV to his and I’m really curious to see what happens with Biffy! I can’t wait for the next book to arrive as I’m in love with this series so far.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

LWTO was such a engaging and interesting book that gripped me immediately. The combination of the historical setting of 1950’s America with the endearing romance between the two protagonists meant that both girls had different prejudices to deal with. Within this book Sarah has to face all of the racism thrown at her by classmates and teachers and society in general, the pressure from her family and her crush on Linda whilst Linda has to deal with her internalised racism, abusive past and the fact that she’s falling for Sarah and somehow this brings them both closer together. I’ll admit that Sarah was my favourite out of the two but I really appreciated how fully Robin Talley fleshed out these characters and really gave them a chance to shine.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Amanda was an amazing character and If I Was Your Girl was one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a while. I loved Meredith Russo’s writing and the way she made Amanda such a realistic and loveable character just made me love her immediately. With some books the authors focus so much on the protagonist that other characters get left behind but Meredith Russo didn’t make that mistake, all of her characters had individuality and I loved the different types of relationships Amanda formed with each one of them, especially with Grant (the LI). The romance was sweet and cliché but in the most positive way possible as they respected each others boundaries and genuinely liked each other, I’m so sick of the ‘bad boy’ character that appears in a lot of fiction and treats their girlfriend terribly and Grant was the complete opposite of that. The ending was sad but I appreciated how the author didn’t make that seem like the end for Amanda and I’d love if she wrote a sequel.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

 

April Wrap Up/Half Bad Trilogy Review

Hello! During April I managed to read 3 books and all of those books were part of the Half Bad series by Sally Green so this wrap up is also kind of a series review. Sorry for any errors as I’ve been trying to finish this for ages and I wanted to get it up as soon as possible. Anyway, enjoy!

half badHalf Bad ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I really enjoyed this book, it was a pretty good start to the series and definitely made me want to read on. It focuses on Nathan who is the only half-black, half-white witch in the world which is a struggle as black witches are being hunted and his white side is the only thing keeping him alive, as well as the fact that his father is the most powerful black witch to ever exist. It’s a fun if slightly cheesy urban fantasy book and I couldn’t put it down once I started. It also ends on a great cliffhanger so I had to go out the next day and buy the rest of the series.

half wildHalf Wild ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This book was just as good, if not better than the previous book and maintained the fun, fast paced atmosphere that Green created in the first book. I loved the twists and turns both with the romance and Nathan’s own gifts and how Green really got to grips with Nathan’s internal struggle. Without spoiling anything Nathan builds a few new relationships in this installment (familial and romantic) and I just really enjoyed seeing another side to Nathan that these relationships brought out. I just really loved this one and I was really excited to continue on with the series which leads me to…

half lostHalf Lost ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆  (2.5)
This was a huge letdown for me if I’m being honest and it actually upset me a bit seeing how Sally Green followed the typical tropes when it comes to writing LGBT characters.Up until the ending I was loving the book and if there hadn’t been a huge U-Turn at the end then this would have been a 5 star read. I’ll try not to spoil anything but sadly Half Lost just fell short of my expectations and Sally Green really let me down with the way she ended this series. I have a lot more feelings on this subject, especially due to how her treatment of Nathan and Gabriel ties into what other writers have been doing with their characters but for now I’ll just say  that I’d give the last book a pass if you were hoping for an ending that these characters deserved.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

March Wrap Up

Hello! I’m sorry this post is so late I’ve been really busy recently and haven’t had much time to post. I’ve also decided to stop doing monthly TBR’s as I almost never fulfill them and it just kinda places unneeded pressure on me as I just like to read whatever I’m in the mood for. I’m still going to be doing monthly wrap ups however so the books I read in March were –

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This was such a cute middle grade read! It’s set in 1934 at a girls boarding school and stars two students, Hazel and Daisy, who have their own ‘secret detective agency’. One day Hazel finds the body of her teacher, Miss Bell and when she goes to get help it disappears. I loved how friendship focus this book was and how it dealt with the ups and downs that the relationship between Hazel and Daisy went through. It was just a really fun quick murder mystery and I really enjoyed both the plot and the writing.

Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat  (#2) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5)

This was a really great sequel and for me it was the best in the whole series. I don’t want to spoil it but I really enjoyed how both the worldbuilding and characters developed in this book and it made it slightly more believable than the previous book. I just found this series really interesting and Pacat writes so fluidly that it’s really quick and easy to read.

Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat  (#3) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Though I did really like this book the ending was a bit of a let down as I expected a more exciting ending or at least some more of the plot to be resolved. Despite this I really did like this book and it was a good ending to a great series. I’d still love if C. S. Pacat ever decided to lengthen the series or came back to these characters at some point. You can find my review on the first book in this series, Captive Prince here.

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I was sent this out of the blue one day by Titan Books and it was something I’d been looking into on Goodreads already so I figured I’d give it a shot and I’m really glad I did. It’s such a gripping thriller, it focuses on different identities the main character takes over in order to escape her past which when ultimately revealed, is such a great twist. I really liked how it explored the emotional repercussions of the main characters actions rather than glossing over it like a lot of books seem to. I definitely recommend picking this up if you’re looking for a new thriller to read. I may do a full review in the future!

Thanks for reading! 🙂