March Wrap Up and April TBR

March Wrap Up

So this month I go full blown flu and couldn’t read for over a week so I managed to read 5 books which is ok but I need to start slowing down because it’s exams soon.



Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

I really enjoyed this and read it in anticipation of the Raven King which comes out in April and I’m so excited to get to it

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

This was just a nice short read.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

I love this book so much when I originally read it that I decided that now I was older I would reread it to see if it stood up and I was surprised that I remembered so little so it was a nice new experience.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

This book is incredible and I loved it even though it took me quite a while it was so worth it.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

I really like this but I enjoyed Scarlet just that bit more. This book felt like a lot of set up but it convinced me to read Fairest first just to try and learn a little bit more about Levana.

April TBR


The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

So the big book for me is The Raven King, I can’t wait to see how it finishs and I’m ready for it to finish and I’m in the right mind-set.

Let me know what you’re excited for this month.



Cress by Marissa Meyer

I really enjoyed this overall but I think I preferred Scarlet just because there’s so much set up in this book and there are SO MANY characters now. There are spoilers for the previous books and some mild ones for this.


Cinder – Still great but you can start to see her apprehension but she works through it and that’s what’s so good about her. She should be the main character but she fades into the background in this book for me.

Kai – I think the idea is that I’m meant to be in love with him but I’m just not, he has too much to deal with and I like him but he’s not for me in terms of a romantic interest. I think he handled the whole ordeal of his situation quite well but he didn’t have much in terms of choice.

Scarlet – There’s very little of her in this story and I missed her because I really enjoyed the last book.

Wolf – He’s grown on me but he’s still not my favourite.

Cress – I like her but she feels very young and her character is a very weird mix of childish and love struck and smart and I struggled at some points to be with her.

Thorne – I like his honesty more and his bravado was definitely more mute which allowed you to like the heart of his character more.

Dr Erland – We get more of his history and how he came to earth and his life on Luna and it allows you to empathise with him and resent him.

Iko – I still love her, she’s the best, and she’s just so much fun and lightens the mood.

Winter – She’s crazy and I never expected it but I can’t wait to read the next one to see more of what she’s like.

Jacin – I don’t like him but that’s how I’ve felt with all the love interests so far.


The romance is cantered on Thorne and Cress and I didn’t know how I felt about it in the beginning but I’m warming to it. Overall it’s not my favourite part of the stories.


We get to see a bit more of the Earthen culture and history and it is a really interesting world that I enjoy reading and getting to know. We do move around a lot and it can be hard to keep track of but it’s enjoyable because the other books have been quite stationary.


I think there is too much of the story about the wedding preparations and I just got a little bored of it. A lot goes on and we jump between perspective a lot and it can be hard to follow.


Everything’s coming together and I can’t wait to read the finale and see how all the hard work comes together and I just want the success now and to see what Earth and Luna and all the characters do afterwards.


It’s pretty good, it’s not really noteworthy but I still enjoy reading it.


I hate Levana, she’s evil and wrong and I think I’m going to read Fairest just to see before I get to Winter.


War is happening people, we are there. It is all about to go down.


I want to give this 5 starts but there’s something about it that I just can’t do it. It’s still a really good read but there’s just so much build up that it can make it a bit of a slower read.


Lady Midnight (NO SPOILERS) – Cassandra Clare

I will start this by saying I love this book I really did. I love Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters and supernatural creatures and this book exceeded my expectations. Overall I’m a pretty pessimistic person and I don’t jump on hype because it will ruin books for me. I like to give them a fair shot with an open mind and I’m glad I do it this way because I love this book’s writing and storyline and characters and diversity.

So the story isn’t really to do with the Shadowhunters and how they do things, it’s more about the Blackthorn family and Emma Carstairs dealing with a problem that presents itself. There is a lot of mystery and twists and turns and for once I didn’t see them coming. I can’t wait to go back and read it again and spot all the little clues because they are definitely there but so subtle and fit the story; they’re not shoehorned in like most stories.

I like the characters but they don’t drastically develop but more so in subtle ways and I think that’s important. This book is rife with secrets and people hiding things and it can get frustrating but that’s the point – you want to know!

I really enjoyed the storyline because it is completely different and it has established characters who are Shadowhunters and there’s no question or surprises regarding that. It’s just them dealing with a situation they way a Shadowhunter does.

I think you could read this if you haven’t read the previous series but you are definitely rewarded for knowing the Mortal Instruments and knowing The Infernal Devices. I love the way her books link and I accept that people think that she’s overdone it but I completely disagree because she has given us this world that we get to go into and experience in full rather than just part of it.

So I’ve kept this short because there will be spoilers if I talk about it anymore. I may write a spoiler filled one later on but I think this is the best way for people who aren’t sure about picking it up. So here’s my recommendation:

  • If you’ve read both the Mortal Instruments AND The Infernal Devices – finished them and pick up Lady Midnight, it is another level to the world and Shadowunters in general and I know it’s big but it’s worth it and I took a week to read it.
  • If you’ve read the Mortal Instruments – finish it and read Lady Midnight if you can’t wait but it WILL SPOIL the Infernal Devices.
  • If you’ve only read the Infernal Devices – finish it and read Lady Midnight if you can’t wait but it WILL SPOIL the Mortal Instruments.
  • If you’ve not read any of Cassandra Clare’s books – if you’re interested pick it up because it can be read that way BUT it will spoil key revelation of both the Mortal Instruments AND the Infernal Devices.


This is my new favourite book and I loved it because I like getting as much information as possible. But I am different and I don’t want to contribute to hype; if you want to read it, even an inclination to read it, then I highly recommend you don’t read any more reviews and you just get into it. And if you now want to read Lady Midnight because of me then I’m happy and I hope you enjoy yourself.



TTT: Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR.

So far this is what I want to read, I’ll probably add to it but I don’t think that far in advance and this is what I have so far.

  1. Lady midnight by Cassandra Clare

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2. Cress by Marissa Meyer


3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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4. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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5. This Girl by Colleen Hoover

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


7. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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9. A Million Suns by Beth Revis


10. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan



Looking for Alaska by John Green

So I read this when I was much younger, when I was struggling with life and struggling with helping people who had just lost family. Now I’m older I can appreciate it differently. I’m 19 and my life is going into overdrive and about to officially start and it’s strange to reflect upon my own experiences and how they can differ between people. The sum of our experiences makes us and books made me. This book made me different 3 years ago and it made me different today.


Characters are usually my favourite part of a book and I can usually write so much but you’re too busy experiencing this book to analyse. It’s a journey and a story, not a charactory revelation.

Miles – He is a very awkward and hard to relate to main character sort of like Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. It’s hard to deal with him but his relationships and sad backstory sort of compensate and allow an understanding.

Colonel – He’s the pusher of the group, the one that forces things and takes control. It’s nice to see a male relationship.

Alaska – She is unpleasant but she’s me, minus the smoking and cheating sorta thing but, we have a similar outlook on life and way of living and mood swings.

Takumi – He’s that side character to the three musketeers that’s fine but not the star even though I enjoy him and he’s fun and something different.

Lara – She’s weird and different but not everyone has to be important sometimes, characters can add things just because they exist rather than by what they do.


I read a lot of American books and I’m no closer to understanding states or regions or stereotypes. It’s just a place for me so I could miss out on bits and pieces here and there.


I don’t want to spoil it but it’s a story about an adventure and a boy trying to gain more from life, to find the point of it all so he doesn’t regret leaving it too late.


It’s written in a very concise manner and the point is given rather than deduced. It’s strange how small singular things can leave an impact on people. For example I live by “I would die for you but I won’t live for you” – Stephen Chobosky. It’s just never been something I forgot and it’s hard to forget this book which is why I reread it – something I very rarely do. It’s not written in the form of chapters but days before and after something and you don’t know till you get there. It’s interesting; it just shows the progression of time.


I don’t really want to write about this because it’s not the main point which is why I’ve put it at the end.  Love is part of life and it makes sense for some form of it to be involved in this because it’s about a teenage boy and guess what boys reach an age where they either find games, wrestling, or girls but usually they find them at some point.

This is short but I think this is a book you have to read and experience. I know some people don’t care for John Green and I’m not obsessive but I like this book, I think it matters, if there’s just one you read. Read this. I think it’s worth it.



Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

I don’t really know what I was expecting from this and I’ve not really red any reviews or seen anything and I just went in blind.

So this is just a story about an issue of bullying and anxiety and you sort of experience it through someone else’s eyes. It’s just someone’s journey and there isn’t a great revelation but that’s kinda the point. It’s a hard issue to talk about and deal with because no one really understands the way someone else’s brain reacts.

If that sounds interesting then you can go read it for yourself but if you’re unsure then read on because it may change your mind.


Audrey – Although we are in her head and it’s her point of view you don’t know her apart from her illness which is a shame. I would have liked to have seen that she was more of a person than her disorder. She’s just fragile and I just feel sorry for her and wish someone was there to stand up for her or to encourage her to stand up for herself. It’s such a small snippet in her life and you just don’t get enough to know her.

Frank – He’s the swearing machine pretty much. And he’s like the main focus as well. It’s as if we have two completely different storylines going on and he is sort of drawing the attention away from Audrey.

Mum – I hate the mum, she’s infuriating. She’s so paranoid and thick and I know that’s cruel but she’s so annoying and she just seems so polarised. I wish she was more of that strong character from the women she was portrayed at work. I understand why she’s so panicked about Frank because she’s worried he’ll go the way Audrey does but her rationale is ridiculous.


I spent a lot of my childhood sticking up for kids and it frustrated me because I didn’t understand why they couldn’t just do it for themselves. But as I got older I realised that it doesn’t work that way and that not everyone grew up to stand tall and not let people step all over them or over anyone else. Bullying sucks and it impacts people’s lives. However, this book looks at the more extreme end and just focuses on a girl trying to deal with it and live her life all the while being reminded by her brain and everyone around her.

This is not a deep or powerful story but it’s important because it brings the issue to light and we need to talk about it. Too many schools and adults don’t understand the issue. I stand by the belief that telling a teacher/adult/someone of authority is not always the answer. So many people try and create one solution to a problem when there are a multiple circumstances that lead to it.

You need to surround yourself with good people and that’s something this book shows and it’s nice that there’s another perspective out there. Keep them coming.


I didn’t like her and Linus. I would have actually preferred there to be no romantic element because I don’t think it was necessary and just a bit shoehorned in there.


It was like a weird mix of American and England. I think someone’s messed with this and replaced the Briticisms and it makes it worse for it because I couldn’t relate to where I was meant to be. I think you need to go all in in one way or the other because the mix of both certainly didn’t work.


It’s a small part of life with a girl trying to move on. You just experience it. We never find out what happens and you just need to accept that because it’s not the point.


I’ve been really enjoying books that have another element to it and having the small piece of documentary was just a nice break from Audrey’s mind and I suppose it is an effective way to get out of your head.

This book is fine, it’s just a perspective, maybe not the best one, but still worth something! We need to open up about it and talk about it to break the stigma of mental illness. This book means something to me for personal reasons because I know that you can’t always understand someone else’s brain. Even if you have never experience bullying or a mental disorder I think we can all relate to some part of this because we are insecure and that’s ok. What’s important is that we work though it and we don’t let it destroy our lives.

“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.” Something like that. I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people. Maybe that is what makes people “participate.” – Stephen Chbosky



Top Ten Favourite Covers

So I haven’t read everyone of these but I think they’re pretty so here we go.

  1. The New City of Glass (UK edition) cover
City of GlassI really like all of the new cover changes but I really like this one because it’s grey and feels more like a sketch and just has little details that makes it really pretty.
2. Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (UK edition)
fial empireSo I haven’t read this series but it’s so simple and clean and beautiful. I do want to get to the Mistborn series but life is busy.
3. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
raven kingSo I like all these covers and the UK editions are slightly different but not by much. I just like the Irish Elk that we had a bit of reference to in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. And the royal magical swirling blue is just a really nice highlight.
4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
winterI think Winter is the least like the previous books in the Luna Chronicles apart from the fact that the typography is the same but I like how crisp and clean the apple is and the light radiating around it and the pink. I just think it’s beautiful.
5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
 accross the universeWhen you look at the cover you know it’s set in a galaxy and has a love element. But this is really pretty. I usually don’t like people on my covers but if it’s a silhouette they get away with it.
6. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (UK edition)
Queen-of-shadows-ukI like this cover for the boldness of it and I actually like the Throne of Glass covers in their entirety just because they’re representative of the story.
7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (UK edition)
dauhter of smokeI like these covers more than the US because I think it portrays the story more and seems like a more interesting cover.
8. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
insurgentEven though I think these were released due to the film I really like the dark and the contract and it’s just plain and simple and pretty to me.
9. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (US Hardback edition)
tearlingI really like the gold against the black and the way it looks like a frame and it’s just eye-catching and intriguing.
10. Wings by Aprilynne Pike (UK edition)
wingsI like this cover because it relates to the story and just is a really nice purple and flower and just overall pretty pleasant.
Let me know what your favourite cover(s) is.