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

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

My Best Reads of 2018 (Jan to April)

I haven’t been posting many reviews in the last couple of weeks because I’m six books into the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. This series is epic in scale, and I’m loving it, but it’s dominating my reading time at the moment. I don’t want to do a book by book review because of spoilers but I will post something non-spoilery about the series soon.

So to combat my review drought, I have decided to look back at the past four months of reading and pick my favourite books in a few different genres. If you are looking for your next great read, feel free to click on the links below to go to my original review. Happy Reading!

Best Fiction/Literature Reads

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

1 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a novel that deserves all the buckets of praise it’s getting. If you like books with a quirky narrator who is different from any other character you’ve ever read about, then this is a book that will warm your heart. I haven’t encountered a character like Eleanor before. The way she thinks and acts throughout the book had me laughing, cringing and pitying her. I also cheered her on as she opened up more to people and life.

My Verdict: Read this if you want to meet an unforgettable protagonist who gives you all the feels.

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

2. Still Me by Jojo Moyes is such a delightful read and the perfect conclusion to the three book series which began with Me Before You and continued with After You. I know it’s rude of me to recommend you read a book that is the third book in a series, but I am urging you to go and read the whole series. If you want to get your heart smashed to pieces and then stuck back together again then please give this series a read.

My Verdict: I don’t give starred reviews on this blog… if I did, this book would get 5 stars. I loved it!

Little Fires Everywhere

3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a novel that is popping up everywhere and it’s such a great read that is worthy of all the hype! It’s a story about teenagers, mothers, families, parenting, art, race, class, creativity and love, told from many perspectives. There’s also a court case woven into the story that will have you debating both sides.

My Verdict: An absolute gem of a book that is beautifully written.

Best YA Reads

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Review

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, ISBN 9781447263227, 480pp

I was very excited to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell after reading and loving Eleanor and Park last year. There’s so much love out there for Fangirl so I went into reading this with my expectations set sky high, ready to have my heart and mind truly blown. And while I enjoyed this YA book, there was a lot to like about it, it didn’t grab me as much as I thought it would.

For anyone who is not familiar with Fangirl, it tells the story of Cather or Cath, twin sister to Wren. When they start university, Wren wants to set out alone from the whole twin thing and party. Cath on the other hand, hides out in her dorm room like a hermit and works on her fanfiction story that is part of the world of Simon Snow (a Harry Potter like publishing phenomenon). Continue reading

Tithe by Holly Black Review

Tithe by Holly Black was a book I re-read recently in anticipation of reading The Cruel Prince. And I’m glad I did as Kaye and Roiben from Tithe make an appearance in The Cruel Prince. It’s a YA fantasy novel that blends faeries and the modern world together.

Tithe by Holly Black
Tithe by Holly Black, ISBN 9780689849244, 320pp

Tithe tells the story of Kaye, a teenage girl with a rocker for a mum who moves from place to place as her mum pursues her music. Like her mum, she’s a bit rebellious. She’s not going to win any prizes for being a model teen as she smokes, drinks and skips school. She also has a big attitude.

Kaye and her mum go back to New Jersey to live with Kaye’s grandmother. When she was a kid, Kaye used to have friends in this place — faerie friends that only she could see. And now that she’s back, strange things start to happen and she begins to explore the powers she’s always had. Continue reading