November Wrap Up

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey Review

I loved this book, it was simple and not very imaginative but I really liked the world and the history associated with it. The creatures and the fantastical elements were what I kept on reading for. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and the finale coming out next year.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Review

I really loved this book, the writing and the relationship and the contemporary elements. It really lit up an important topic that we are all currently facing in our society.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Review)

I didn’t really like this, I was actually incredibly disappointed. I love Marissa Meyer, and I love Alice in Wonderland…. but this just didn’t work for me. I will want to read her next series but I just didn’t like the take on the retelling.

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Review 4thth December)

This was great, but I still prefer the Percy Jackson Series. I just couldn’t fall in love the the mythology or the characters (apart from Magnus). I do like that it’s different and I will continue on but I’m not in love with it.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Review 11th December)

I couldn’t put this book down, I loved it. I’m also heartbroken. I’m currently half way through the last book and it’s just as incredible.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (Review 18th December)

Oh, I love this book, I love the overall feeling of it, how all the elements come together and how everything comes to a close. This is by far my favourite book in the series. I know that so many other people prefer Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire, but for me this is the best and the strongest book of the lot.

This was a pretty amazing month for me especially considering the size of some of the books. What did you read and enjoy this month? Let me know in the comments down below!


November Haul

Library Haul

So I tend to go through waves and a lot of books that I ordered at various times all started coming at once so I ended up with a lot of books which means my end of the TBR has pretty much been thrown out of the window but oh well, a few of them are series continuation so that’s all that matters!


Replica by Lauren Oliver – I only recently noticed that the UK and US covers are different and I really prefer the US which I’m sad about because it’s quite uncommon.

The Knife o Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – This is a buddy read and I really can’t get into it and I’ve been putting it off but so many people like it so I might try the audiobook.


The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – I’m waiting for the second one to come in but it’s such a lovely short series.

Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – You’re going to notice that I tend to read the first books of series and not continue on.

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab – I tried reading this because I liked the concept but it didn’t work out so I’ll try again.

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes – I loved Falling Kingdoms but I read it months ago and I wanted to continue on but for some reason it’s just not on my radar.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown – You see yet? I actually liked Red Rising, it wasn’t what I expected but I really enjoyed it because I didn’t like the hunger games. I really like politics and strategy in books but not real life and this does it well.

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – I didn’t want to start this because I wanted to finish the Heroes of Olympus series and then I just never read it, and I really have to. That’s been the main issue that I’ve found this year.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I’ve never read this…… it just didn’t seem interesting but there’s so much hype that I might try but it’s still not up there in terms of books I want to read.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and others – I found this only a week after it came out and was over the moon to pick it up. I haven’t started it yet but I’m really looking forward to it.

So, have you read any of these books, and how often do you use your local library?

That’s all from me, thanks and keep reading folks!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Published: 8th November


Pages: 464

Rating: Try It 

Format: Ebook 

Read from 10th to 12th November

So I don’t know how I feel about this. I’m a really big fan of Alice in Wonderland and Marissa Meyer but for some reason this didn’t quite work for me. It was just really odd and it was a different take on the Red Queen but the flip and the journey to the evil queen that we got just wasn’t right to me.

I enjoyed the story enough throughout but it was just a kind of cliché and boring love story. I liked the glimpse of the world and magic but it took such a backseat in the overall story that that was a huge disappointment to me. I did read this quite quickly and it’s because I would relate to it as more of a contemporary read which I tend to get through much quicker.

So I wasn’t a big fan of the characters or the relationships and I think that’s what ruined it most for me. It is a really good writing style but it did drag on and then the culmination was over in just a few chapters. It brings together the Alice in Wonderland atmosphere pretty well and there’s clearly a lot of depth and thought brought into it but with this I think we should have gotten more of it for all the work that had gone into it.

There was not a single character I liked and I think that significantly impacted my enjoyment of the book. The names were also really weird and strange and that sort of drew me out of the story as well. I can understand why other people might enjoy it but it was just not up my alley. I loved the Lunar Chronicles and I think my hopes were too high for this book.

I’m afraid that there isn’t much more I can say.

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Also check out my reviews of:

Scarlet Cress Fairest,  and Winter


The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Published: 1st November 2016

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: 384

Rating: Must Read

Format: Physical (I know, it’s not an ebook surprisingly!)

Read from 4th to 6th November

Oh this heart breakingly beautiful book.

I can’t believe this book was basically just the story of one day in the life of Natasha and Daniel. I really loved their perspectives and how they interacted with each other.

This is an incredibly lovely story that tries to fly in the face of science and love and bring together two polar opposites in an unlikely scenario. I read this book in two days so it did feel like I consumed the story in a similar amount of time to it happening. It made me incredibly emotional because, even though it is not realistic, it tells a story that has a lot of truthful emotion and a reflection on the reality of expectation and the confrontation on your parents not being superheroes of the perfect role models. It also shows the difference between parents and children and the ideals they hold in accordance to their cultures and upbringing. It does have an emphasis on immigrants and a Jamaican-American and Korean-American family but I believe that you can relate to these characters and the struggles they face.

I liked the characters but it was hard to develop them because this was done over the course of the day but Yoon did do a good job of trying to get you to know the characters by having a list of “questions to fall in love”. This did give you a better insight into the two main characters as well as the first person perspective jumping between the two of them. It was fun to read about but I think it was hard to connect deeply to the story due to the unrealistic nature of the story but with it being such a difficult topic area this was a good way of confronting those issues towards a wider audience. I do like that the author chose characters that she could relate to and at times it did feel like it could be possibly a reflection of her life and her experiences. I read her bio on her website after reading the book and I can see how she relates to Natasha because of the way that Yoon wrote this and Natasha’s speech pattern.

The only part of the book that I was unsure about was the extra entries, either from a background stand point or the side characters. I did get a bit confused at the beginning but it did come around on itself. It added to the story but it did feel very out of place at the beginning. I like that it displayed that you never know what other people are going through or that you didn’t understand history and how it got to the current day.

Everything in this story is connected. And I mean everything. Nothing is in this story if it is not connected by the end. I wish I had known that going in because it just started feeling so pointless and I wouldn’t have given this a must read but upon reflection and seeing how the story came together at the end I reevaluated and this is definitely my favourite contemporary release in 2016 that I’ve read but if just a little bit below Fangirl for my favourite contemporary that I’ve read in 2016.

People should read this book. It’s a great insight into the topic of immigration and what it means to be a dreamer and what dictates your affiliation to a country and in fact what a ‘home’ actually is.

I also did a review of Everything, Everything if you want to check it out here.

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The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

the girl at midnight.pngMagic lives in our darkest corners.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Published: April 28th 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 357

Rating: Try It

Format: Ebook

Read from November 1st to 4th

So I didn’t know what to expect from this book apart from its beautiful cover. I kew it was like a mystical fantasy but I didn’t realised the depth and world travelling we would get as well as the different creatures. This book gave me a daughter of smoke and bones vibe, which is a good thing but also worrying because that series did not live up to the first book. It was quite a short and simple book with a pretty obvious storyline but the fantastical elements were really pleasant and done well.

I liked the Avicen and the Drakoni; I like the unique take on them. And also I love that Scotland was represented and the way the author portrayed the accent. She captured the element beautifully in the description and she did this upon all elements of travel. I would be really surprised if Grey wasn’t well travelled because she fakes it well if she isn’t.

Now the story wasn’t very original but I enjoyed the characters and the interactions and the world enough to enjoy reading about it. The second book looks perhaps to be more promising in this aspect but then again I am a bit unsure.

There are elements of this story that I don’t agree with and that’s why it’s not got a higher rating and it’s for YA issues all around, cheating, insta-love, abandoning relationships you’ve had for over ten years, and treating young people as a child. These do sort of overshadow the story but it is bearable. I do struggle to understand why some characters were included because there just wasn’t enough to them. For example, Echo’s best friend was grossly overshadowed by a character introduced more than half way into the book that we didn’t even any inclination of.

I do think that this book could probably have been longer and more fleshed out. The start was relatively slow and choppy and it’s hard to understand why certain scenes were included as later on in the story it just feels incredibly irrelevant.

If you like unique creatures then I think you should pick this book up but there isn’t enough depth to them for my liking but perhaps we will get to know more about them as the series continues.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae #2)

illuminaeThis morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Published: October 20th 2015

Pages: 608

Rating: Must Read



Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Published: October 18th 2016

Genre: Si-fi

Pages: 608

Rating:Must Read


Read from 24th to 27th October

First off this book was incredible. It was a phenomenal sequel and was not what I was expecting. So much was happening and there were so may plot points and plot twists. The level of si-fi was amazing. I think this was probably my second favourite book of the year (The Martian still stands strong I’m afraid).

It was a shock at first to be thrown into a brand new set of characters but it all came together quite quickly and you started getting to know them and they’re pretty well built for only having one book. I think having chat logs are a great idea as it’s quicker to gain a sense of someone’s personality. Hanna is also my new favourite strong female protagonist. Like she just gets things done and I really admire that considering that she can do that by just being human. I like strong females but I’ve been finding a running trend of them HAVING to be fantastical in order to achieve that.

There is a lot of emotion and whirlwind in this book and it can really tear you apart. It is a completely devastating book and it is done really well. I really need to read more of these two authors because together they are incredible, I do worry that they’re only incredible because they’re together but there must be some of that lurking in their own books so I need to give it a try.

The style between this and Illuminae is different, you still have your chat logs, and security surveillance but in this book there was also a journal and a few other features that suits the main plot of the story.  It still felt like a true sequel to Illuminae but the links didn’t start happening until later on. There is also a completely different level of action and consequence in this book, there isn’t as much death going on as the first book which is good  but it is still a lot going on that makes you really anxious and nervous.

The plot is so well constructed and everything just links together so well that I love how it feels so complete and adds a different level to the Illuminae story. I do like that we also get to see the other side and get introduced to characters that are related to the characters in Illuminae.

I think people may struggle with the level of si-fi as there are a lot of abstract concepts that aren’t even proven yet but if you can get by this then it will be a really enjoyable story. I do think that you can enjoy this story due to the relationships and the action but you do have to enjoy si-fi to truly appreciate it.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason … HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!

Published: June 26th 1997

Pages: 320

Rating: Should Read It




The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?

Published: July 2nd 1998

Pages: 352

Rating: Must Read It



Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

Published: July 8th 1999

Pages: 435

Rating: Must Read It


goblet-of-fireHarry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.
And in his case, different can be deadly.

Published: July 8th 2000

Pages: 734

Rating: Must Read It

Finally on to The Order of the Phoenix




Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down

Published: 21st June 2003

Genre: Fantasy, Magical School

Pages: 870

Rating: Should Read It (I could imagine people falling off before this point)

Format: Ebook and Audiobook (I had to switch between because it’s just so long!)

Read from 16th to 22nd October

So overall this book was good but it is so long!!!!! I was at about page 700 and then there’s a scene (more like a whole chapter) and something happening that causes it to be extended. Like no, this book doesn’t need to be this long.

So that half of the book is Harry feeling ‘woe is me’ and everything is just not going his way and he’s angry at the world. I get it but it’s still not pleasant to be stuck inside his head and being forced to listen to the idiot. Like, seriously a lot of characterisation just went up the wall in this book for me. Things were convenient and then not and then were again. There were just some sections where things just didn’t feel right for me. I actually had to put the book down, walk into the bedroom and have a 30 min rant with my boyfriend because it wound me up so much.

Now I liked the end of the book and it sort of redeemed the story for me and The Order of the Phoenix is the cool idea that I like but I’m just not sure how well it was done for me. Now J.K. Rowling is a great author but during this some things just seemed a bit lost to me and that sort of ruined my enjoyment of the story. There were so many relationships and stories going on that would happen all at once and then not brought up till two to three hundred pages later. Some stuff just felt so pointless and I just couldn’t get on board.

Now onto my major point of hatred with the book – Umbridge – now that’s a flawed character if I’ve seen one. First off, I do not like the abuse of children, I just flat out don’t agree with it and I flat out don’t think it was dealt with properly especially how she receives absolutely no punishment for it and how she continued on throughout the story. The fact that other teachers didn’t notice and do anything was kind of ridiculous and I just don’t agree with this way to create the character. Moving onto the other thing I didn’t like about her character was that she was meant to be a rule follower and she wasn’t at all in all honesty, she just abused power and I think that should have been the focus rather than her just trying to follow rules. She was used as such a plot device to create hurdles to jump through for the characters and it was just boring and dragged on. She also took an important thing away from Harry but the reader still got to be part of it. Like if Harry is our first person perspective then surely not giving the reader access to the thing so important to him creates an animosity toward the other character. I think it’s just me being a bit mental but she is now my most hated character of all time. I’ll take Voldemort any day of the week because at least people stand up to him and do things about it!

Also I do not agree that Malfoy is a villain, he’s just too thin a character and he gets worse with each book. He’s not for me.

I am glad however that this book feels a bit more like the proper starting point with Voldemort. My memory is really hazy about this book and the next. Like I can’t remember anything in the Half Blood Prince except a death I think.  So I am looking forward to the future books.

Now I like Snape because I know the Snape stuff but he wavers for me. Sometimes I’m with him and other times I’m confused. I keep thinking about the book and there’s just so much too it that it’s really hard to remember.