June 2018 Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s time for another wrap up. I read 5 books in June, two of which were behemoths. And I actually loved every single book I read last month, so all in all, a great month.


The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Like the first one, this book was a whirlwind of constant action and plot-twists. There were some things that I loved and others that… at least upon finishing this book, I didn’t know how to feel about. But over all, it was great! 4.5/5 stars.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

I immediately bought the final book in the trilogy because I just could not with the ending. And it was one hell of a finale! I loved everything about it. 5/5 stars.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

This was my first dip into the worlds of Neil Gaiman and boy why did I not read any of his books sooner? Soo good. 5/5 stars

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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I finally brought myself to read this strange little story. Now I am officially out of Kingkiller stuff to read until the next one comes out 😦 It was beautiful though. I love Auri to bits. 5/5 stars

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

A couple years ago, I read The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and found I really enjoy this guy’s mixture of humour and history. I maintain that opinion having read this book and would not hesitate to recommend all of his books to anyone who enjoys darker, witty humour. I listened to the audiobook for this one, which was definitely a good choice as the narrator was great. 5/5 stars

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May 2018 Wrap Up

I thought I hadn’t read many books in May. It feels like I’ve hardly read at all. But looking back, I actually read 7 books. I mean yeah, to be fair some of these I’d started before May and one of them is super short, but still. I’m surprised.


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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First book I finished in May and it was hilarious. I’d started reading this book years and years ago, but I didn’t own it until now, so I never finished it. I can honestly say it deserves its popularity. It was thoroughly entertaining, really just my kind of humour. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. 5/5 stars.

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

This has quickly become one of my favourite series. I listened to the audiobook of the first one, Red Sister, in April and loved it and I listened to the audiobook of this one in May and loved it just as much. I absolutely do recommend the audiobooks for this, the narration is amazing. I am so upset that I have to wait until next year for book three cause this series is awesome. It’s about a magic warrior nun school… what more do you need to hear? 5/5 stars

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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This book was sadly a massive disappointment for me. It was mediocre at best, I think it suffered from a bad case of diversity hype, where a book is hyped because it is diverse as opposed to based on its merits as a book. The characters were two dimensional at best, and they were all more or less the same character. I could often not tell who was speaking. I didn’t care about them, in fact they annoyed me, the relationships were rushed and unrealistic. The world was cool, but could have been much better developed and the story was… okay, but unoriginal to a fault. 2/5 stars

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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I’ve been re-reading this series and it’s just as much of a delight the second time around. It’s clever, witty, fast paced and all around fun to read. It’s one of the more underrated series I’ve read. 5/5 stars

Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

I’m not sure this really counts as a book, but for some reason, I’d never read the short story before. I managed to find it online and now I really want her to write that book.       😦 5/5 stars

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

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Sadly, this book wasted a lot of potential. It had a cool and original world, it had elemental magic, it had some really interesting characters and the story had the potential to be suspenseful and gripping. Instead… instead it chose to focus on one relationship that was bland, uninteresting, completely lacking in chemistry, cringe-worthy and just all around boring. And I am so mad about it. Cause I wanted to know more about the interesting characters. I wanted them better developed. I wanted this story to be told better cause it had so much potential. I do not give two shakes of a rat’s behind about that stupid love story. SO MAD! 2/5 stars

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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Finally, FINALLY, I have finished this book! It took me like 6 months to finish it. But I’ve been in an adult fantasy mood lately and I finished it at last! It wasn’t as good as the first one, but I still really loved it. 4.5/5 stars

April 2018 Wrap Up

Please explain to me when exactly did April happen and where was I? I feel like I say this every month, but honestly I feel like time is just getting away from me. I managed to read 5 books this month, I don’t even know how cause I’ve been insanely busy. Though to be fair, some of these I had started before April and audiobooks were involved.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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First read of the month was awesome. I expected it to be because Leigh Bardugo, but I was still pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. Now I’m actually a bit wary of reading the other DC Icons books because I loved this one so much, I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed by the others. 5/5 stars

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

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Finally finished this one, 100 years after starting it. I actually really loved this book, don’t know why it took me so long to read. It’s full of compassion and encouragement. I found it very empowering. 5/5 stars

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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I discovered a new (to me) fantasy author. I’ve read two of his books this month and I enjoyed both of them. I did like this one more, but I like his other series as well. I’ve been in the mood for dark stories and he delivers. This series in particular appeals to me cause assassins, and not only that, but magic assassin school. Yeah. Really. I audiobooked this one and I really loved the narration. 5/5 stars

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

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This is his other series which I did not enjoy as much, but there’s a very particular reason for that which I’ll talk about more in my review, which if it doesn’t bother you, then you’ll most likely love this. If you’re into very dark post apocalyptic fantasy sci-fi… ish that is. I will say that this series is a lot darker than Red Sister and the main character has no redeemable qualities whatsoever. He is vile like most characters in this book and they all rape and murder willy nilly. So trigger warning for any kind of abuse, really. 3/5 stars

A Clash of Kings by Ceorge R. R. Martin

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Continuing with my re-read of this series. This being my second time through the books, I’m getting so many details and hints that I didn’t the first time around. It’s great, really enjoying re-reading these. 5/5 stars

March 2018 Wrap Up

I honestly cannot believe it’s already April. That’s a quarter of the year gone. When did that happen? Anyway, I had a decent reading month in March, not as good as February, but to be fair some of the books I read this month were huge. I read a total of 8 books.


Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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I’m getting better about continuing with series! I actually audiobooked this one. The audiobooks for this series are pretty good. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I liked the first one. I’m not sure if it’s because I listened to it instead of reading it, or because it just wasn’t as good. But it felt to me a lot more disorganised and all over the place than the first book. I felt for the first quarter of it that the characters were just moving about aimlessly. Anyway, I still enjoyed it. I gave it 4/5 stars.

The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer

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Again with the continuing of series! I’m proud of myself. Unfortunately, as with Golden Son, I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as its predecessor. I feel like it worked much better as a novel than it did as a graphic novel, which wasn’t really a problem I had with the first book. 4/5 stars

The Body Reader by Anne Frasier

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Another one I listened to on audiobook. I’m not really sure how I came to own this audiobook, but it was in my audible library so… I just gave it a try. I find that thrillers work quite well as audiobooks. I enjoyed this one overall, I did think that the ending was quite predictable and cliche, but it was an entertaining novel nevertheless. 3/5 stars

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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I watched the series this month and that season 7 finale just left me unable to just leave Westeros, so I decided to re-read the books. It’s been maybe 4 years since I originally read them, so it was high time for a re-read. I audiobooked this one because my copy of it is back at my parents’ house. I’m not the biggest fan of either the UK or the US narration of this series, unfortunately. I like the UK one slightly better just because I like the voice and accent of the narrator better, but he cannot pronounce names to save his life. 4/5 stars because of the narration, though my rating for the story is 5 stars.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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I had hopes for this book. Sadly, I did not like it much. I thought it was a bit boring, the writing was weird and not in a good way, the story was so… pointless that I just stopped caring about a third through the book and there were some other things that I found problematic and I’ll talk about them more when I review the book. 1.5/5 stars.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Poetry tends to be very hit and miss for me, I either don’t get it and it leaves me cold, or I really love it. This I absolutely loved. It made me cry multiple times, it made me feel empowered and beautiful, full of love and compassion. It’s just beautiful and I recommend it wholeheartedly. 5/5 stars.

Invitation to Poetry by Mihai Brinas

I received an e-copy of this from the author in exchange for a review. This is a self-published poetry book by a Romanian author. I normally don’t read a lot of poetry, but I loved Milk and Honey and when I was contacted about this and saw that the poetry seemed to be in the same style, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, this really didn’t do it for me for several reasons that I will expand on in my review. I gave it 1.5/5 stars.

The Eternity Code: The Graphic Novel by Eoin COlfer

Unlike the second graphic novel in the series, I really loved this one as much as I loved the novel itself. I’m sad though, cause I think the fourth one is the only graphic novel that is released and I don’t know if there are plans for the others to be released. 5/5 stars

February 2018 Wrap Up

This month, I’ve read 10 books. Which I am well impressed with considering what a year this has been and also that this month is shorter. Admittedly, some of these books are quite short, but still. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this much.


Everless by Sara Holland

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Despite all the buzz it’s been receiving I thought this was a pretty meh book. It wasn’t particularly original or well written or interesting. The time magic thing was cool, but other than that… meh. I did really enjoy it though. I was just in the mood for something easy and quick to read. Mindless entertainment. And this book was well written and just interesting enough that it didn’t bore me out of my mind and it provided just that: mindless entertainment. So this was by no means an un-enjoyable experience. It’s not a bad book, it’s just not a great one either. 3/5 stars

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Unlike the previous book, this one 100% deserved the hype in my opinion. It was dark, it was atmospheric and seductive in that opulent and surreal fae way, it was cruel and brutal, it was fast paced, the characters were ruthless and interesting… it was basically anything you could possibly want from a dark fae book. I loved it. Read it in one day, cannot wait for the next one. 5/5 stars

The Obelisk Gate & The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

For once, I actually finished a series within 2 months of starting it, which… wow, I’m proud of myself. This series was awesome. I have a full series review, if you want to check that out. I cannot recommend this series enough. If you’re an SFF lover and you haven’t yet picked this series up, just do it. You won’t regret it. 5/5 stars for both books. Also, can I just bring your attention to how beautiful those covers are?

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Finally, finally I have read this book. This series has been hyped up and down for as long as I have been part of the online book community and I finally jumped onto the bandwagon. I really liked it. Dystopia is not really my cup of tea anymore these days, but this is a good one. This is worth reading. It was so full of action, it just kept you on your town. You don’t get a break with this book. It’s one thing after another. 4.5/5 stars.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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I was disappointed by this book. I had heard some amazing things about it, but it was pretty boring. Most of it was just… people travelling and having irrelevant conversations and eating. Pretty much 2 thirds of the book is taken up by that. the ending, does make up for it somewhat and sets up for a much more interesting story in future books, but not enough to make this book a good one. I ended up giving it 3/5 stars, although in all honesty, it’s probably more of a 2/5 star book. But I did really enjoy the main character and the ending, so…

This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab

I finished two series in one month? That’s got to be some kind of record for me. As with every Victoria Schwab book that I’ve ever read, I loved these. I just devoured them and I need more in my life even though they hurt me in my soul. This is such a creative and beautiful and heart-wrenching story and I loved it. Victoria Schwab is the best. 5/5 stars for both.

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer

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If you’re new here, I love Artemis Fowl. It’s one of my favourite series and I don’t understand why more people aren’t reading it and talking about it. That needs to happen. Because it’s awesome. And I just found out recently that there’s also a graphic novel version of them that was adapted by Eoin Colfer himself, so it’s time for me to re-read Artemis Fowl. I loved it this time around as well and I really enjoyed seeing the things instead of just reading about them. 5/5 stars.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Another sorely under-appreciated series. This one was another re-read for me and I loved it even more than I did the first time. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this, because it’s amazing. It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s full of adventure and mystery and snark and I love it. It deserves more recognition than it’s getting. 5/5 stars

January 2018 Wrap Up

I read 6 books in the month of January, which considering how busy I’ve been, is a decent start to the year. I’m still desperately behind on my book reviews, but alas, there’s only so much I have energy for. I’ll get there in the end. Anyway, on to the wrap up.


The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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I’d like to say this was a good book to start the year with, but unfortunately this is probably my least favourite Rick Riordan book that I’ve read to date. I still enjoyed it, and if it were any other author, I’d have given it a much higher rating, but I’ve come to expect a certain level of awesome from Rick Riordan and this one wasn’t on par. I ended up giving it 3/5 stars.

The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

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C.S. Lewis never disappoints. He had a gift for explaining complex ideas simply and lucidly and relatable-y. 5/5 stars

Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

A friend lent me this graphic novel and I read it in one sitting. I enjoyed it, it’s kind of weird but it works. It conveys its point well. It’s very angsty, but ultimately very relatable because I feel like everyone has those kinds of moments of just… feeling lost at sea and wondering whether they’re going insane. 4/5 stars.

Destroyer Down by Scott Beatty

I got this in a LootCrate and I was in the mood for a quick read, so I flew through this. I still have to see the newest Star Wars film and this just whetted my appetite for it even more. Even though I’ve heard a lot of people were disappointed by it, so I’m a bit worried. Anyway, I enjoyed the graphic novel. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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I finally continued with this series. And I loved this one even more than i loved the first one. I really should have read this ages ago, but at least I have now. I’ll hopefully get to the rest of the series soon. 5/5 stars.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

I love Brian Selznick’s books. I bought this for a friend’s birthday and couldn’t help but read it before actually giving it to her (I made sure it was pristine). His books are just so unique and cool and beautiful. They’re also very educational and just all around great to experience. I can’t wait to read the rest of his works. 5/5 stars

December 2017 Wrap Up

I actually had a pretty good reading month in December, with a total of 10 books read.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Beautifully written as always, a beautiful story, I loved it. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it quite as much as I was expecting. I didn’t like it as much as Daughter of Smoke and Bone. But I still really enjoyed it and will most certainly be continuing with the series. I ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

Catching Fire & Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I started revisiting this story on audiobook in November and finished the first one and I got through the final two in December. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the audiobook, the narrator really didn’t do it for me. I found her to be quite annoying, so that took away from my enjoyment of the books. Of course, it’s still an awesome story and I still love it, but because of the narration, I ended up only giving it 4/5 stars for the audiobook.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

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Finally read this, it was about time. I loved her Shades of Magic series and I had heard only amazing things about this book and I want to read all of her books anyway. I was not disappointed. I need the next one asap. It’s so good! So good. I love the characters and the tension and how dark the story is. 5/5 stars.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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This series flew under my radar for a while, I don’t know why. I discovered it quite by chance as I was browsing Waterstones and it sounded cool and it seemed pretty well praised, so I bought it. I really liked. I had an issue with one part of the book that I just didn’t particularly enjoy, so I ended up giving it 4/5 stars, but the rest of it was A plus and I actually already bought the second book in the series and will hopefully read it soon.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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This book was so beautifl. The art in it was beautiful, the stories were beautiful. I loved it. I had so much fun reading it. It reminded me of childhood when I would consume fairytales by the bucket. My favourite story was The Soldier Prince and my least favourite was probably Little Knife. Overall, I did give the book 5/5 stars.

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

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Finally continuing with this series! I don’t know why I waited so long. It’s so much fun,, so fast paced, just all around a good time. I did feel that some things were a bit rushed through in this book, I would have liked a bit more, so I ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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A pertinent and insightful allegorical story. I found myself nodding along and grinning guiltily as I recognised aspects of my own life in the shepherd’s boy journey. I didn’t quite agree with all the idea presented in the book, but overall, I think it offers a very astute image of what we’re like. I gave it 4/5 stars.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

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This book was an experience. I’m so glad I bought it. I’ve never read anything similar to it. I love the art and the way it was interspersed with the writing. I just loved how this story was told so much. 5/5 stars.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

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This book was just beautiful, it made me cry on several occasions. Just the relationship… well there isn’t really a relationship. But the main character did use to have a wife prior to the events of the book and the way that their relationship is described is just beautiful. That’s not even the main focus of the book, and I really enjoyed the story and the characters. It was funny, well written, intelligent. But that relationship just really packed a punch for me. 5/5 stars.