The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black Review

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black review
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, ISBN 9781471408502, 308pp

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is the third and final book in a YA fantasy series. I’ve been eagerly waiting to read this and devoured it within 24 hours of buying it. Because it’s the third book in a series, I’m going to do my best to write a non-spoiler review. If you’re keen to try this series for yourself start with The Cruel Prince and then The Wicked King. Continue reading

Looking for Alaska by John Green Review

Looking for Alaska by John Green book review
Looking for Alaska by John Green, ISBN 9780007523160, 272pp

I’ve only ever read one John Green book before – The Fault in Our Stars – so when my husband found me a couple of John Green books second-hand, I was curious to try more. I picked up Looking for Alaska knowing absolutely nothing about it. I didn’t even read the blurb.

Looking for Alaska tells the story of a teenage boy named Miles who is intelligent but lacking in social graces. He goes away to Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama. It’s a boarding school where there seems to be minimal adult supervision and the kids get up to all sorts of trouble in their spare time. Miles bonds with his new roommate Chip nicknamed The Colonel, Takumi, a hip-hop enthusiast, and a beautiful but troubled girl named Alaska. Continue reading

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin Review

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin book review
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, ISBN 9780062971135, 519pp

This is a case of bookstagram made me do it! I’ve been seeing the debut novel Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin all over bookstagram and everyone is loving it. So, I had to give it a try myself. I don’t read a huge amount of YA fantasy but I’ve really enjoyed the books I have read like the Throne of Glass series and ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas.

Serpent & Dove was a really enjoyable book that mixed romance, magic, intrigue and adventure. I devoured this over a day and can’t wait to read the sequel. It’s set in a fantasy world where witches are the enemy and hunted by the Church and a group of holy warriors named Chasseurs. Louise (Lou) is a witch hiding her identity on the streets of the city of Cesarine. She steals and does what is needed to survive because there’s something even more terrible than witch hunters after her. Reid Diggory is the Captain of the Chasseurs and the right-hand man of the Archbishop. He hates witches with a vengeance and lives a chaste and godly life. Continue reading

The Wicked King by Holly Black Review

The Wicked King book review
The Wicked King by Holly Black, ISBN 9781471408038, 322pp

I never know how to review books that are part of a series. I tend to only review the first book in a series and then make vague references to the following books because I don’t want to spoil anything for new readers. So I’m going to tread very lightly (and vaguely) as I review The Wicked King, the second book in a YA fantasy series by Holly Black. I read the first book The Cruel Prince about this time last year. I’ve also read other books by Holly Black including Tithe. In case you don’t know, this series is all about faeries, and the few mortals living with them, and is set in the Shifting Isles of Elfhame.

The main protagonist is a human girl named Jude. Her mother was once in a relationship with a faerie general named Madoc, but she ran away from him into the mortal world when pregnant with his child (Jude’s older sister). Jude is completely human, as is her twin sister. When Jude was a child, Madoc came and killed their mother and then took all three sisters to Elfhame. Being mortal in a faerie realm is not a good thing so Jude has had to learn to be sneaky, dangerous and as cutthroat as the faeries around her. Continue reading

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han Review

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han Review
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, ISBN 9781407149073, 368pp

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is such a sweet coming-of-age novel. I watched the Netflix film first (and loved it) before reading the book. I enjoyed all the differences between the novel and film. Both were great in their own way.

If you’re not familiar with the book it’s a story about a half Korean teenager named Lara Jean Song Covey. She is the middle child of three sisters and her OB-GYN father is raising them alone after the death of their mother.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, ISBN 978178062286, 494pp

If you hang out on bookstagram, chances are that you have seen Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo all over it. That’s where I first encountered all the love and praise for this YA book that’s part of a duology. So I ordered both Six of Crows and it’s sequel Crooked Kingdom and placed them on my shelf, waiting for a day when I would have time to read them. But when I finally picked up Six of Crows, I just couldn’t get into it. I tried for a few chapters and then abandoned it for another book.

But I was determined to return and give it another go as it has so much fan love. So recently I picked it up again and I stuck with it. Continue reading

Why I Changed My Opinion About YA Books

Why I changed my opinion about YA books
My growing collection of YA books

Until recently I wasn’t a huge Young Adult (YA) book fan. Don’t get me wrong, I still read books like The Hunger Games trilogy and the Twilight series but I mostly did this because the popularity of both of these series was too huge to ignore. Even my husband and my dad read and loved The Hunger Games. But I thought these books were an anomaly that transcended their intended audience. Gosh, what did I know?

I didn’t read YA books because as an adult I assumed these books were too juvenile for me. I didn’t even read books in this category when I was a teenager. At about age twelve I just jumped straight to reading all the adult books on my parents’ book shelves. Continue reading

10 Reasons Why You Should Read The Throne of Glass series

For the past three weeks I was immersed in the epic, magical world of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Reading this series took A LOT of reading time as it’s seven books long (with the 8th and final book A Kingdom of Ash due out in October 2018). But it was well worth my effort.

A Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

If you have already read this series then I am preaching to the converted. If you have never read a YA or fantasy book in your life then this is probably not the series for you. If you read book one, hated it, and didn’t read any further, then this post isn’t for you. But for everyone else who wants to be swept away to a magical realm of queens and kings, princes and princesses, warriors and assassins, faeries and healers, magical creatures and witches, quests and kingdoms, then please read on. Continue reading