Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi Blog Tour

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Welcome to my blog tour stop for the amazing Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia and AusYABloggers for allowing me to be a part of this tour and sending me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Emergency Contact Book CoverTitle: Emergency Contact

Author: Mary H. K. Choi

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Publication date: January 1st 2019

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Simon & Schuster Australia: 

From debut author Mary H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory‚ÄĒperfect for fans of¬†Eleanor & Park¬†and¬†To All the Boys I‚Äôve Loved Before.

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it‚Äôs less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch‚ÄĒvia text‚ÄĒand soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to¬†see¬†each other.Review2

First off can you just look at that cover! LOOK AT IT!!! It’s more beautiful than the crazies in Bird Box find the demons!!! Like the title is a rose gold foil in real life and it is so stunning! Not to mention the artist has done a fantastic job depicting Sam and Penny! I picture them almost exactly like this! Just look at the hair!!

This book has two point of views both Penny and Sam. Now books with multiple POV’s can be really hit or miss for me. Really, they are only a hit if I like all the characters who have a POV. Luckily in this case I loved both characters so actually really enjoyed the deeper insights I got into both of their lives. Trying to pick a favourite main character out of Penny and Sam is hard! I just kind of love them both! Although it was frustrating watching them both make some of the decisions they did!

I loved the writing style of this book. This is a fantastic Debut novel! Great writing!! I loved that the book had both “real life” scenes and text conversations. I also think Choi’s writing style was fresh and unique. The story, but more importantly the way it is written is reliable and emotive. This book made me laugh, made me sad, made me feel like I’m not alone and made me think! This book is not just a light fluffy read, although it definitely has those moments! It manages to also cover some heavier or more serious subject matter such as mental health, substance abuse and rape. So, if any of these things are triggers for you please consider before reading.

On top of great characters, uniqueness and great writing. I also loved this book because of how diverse it is and how much is represented in this book! Obviously, I can not comment on how well everything was represented as I don’t fit into all that was. However, I simply love that this book has such a diverse range of main and side characters from appearance, race, personality, mental health and even socioeconomic standing. As someone who does suffer from anxiety, I will say I thought this was well represented even if I do not share all of the symptoms as the characters, I found I could relate. And one of my favourite things is when I feel I can relate to a book especially in terms of my anxiety! Makes me feel less alone and like its ok.

In conclusion, I found this book to be all around awesome! I 100% do recommend! Congratulations on a fantastic debut Mary H. K. Choi I will 100% be reading any future work! The fantastic writing, characters and unique story line along with some awesome diverse representation convinced me to rate this read 5/5 stars! divider 1About the Author:

Mary_H.K._Choi__credit_Aaron_Richter_.0Mary H.K. Choi is a writer for The New York Times, GQ, Wired, and The Atlantic. She has written comics for Marvel and DC, as well as a collection of essays called Oh, Never Mind. She is the host of Hey, Cool Job!, a podcast about jobs, and is a culture correspondent for VICE News Tonight on HBO. Emergency Contact is her first novel. Mary grew up in Hong Kong and Texas and now lives in New York.

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Twitter: @ChoitotheWorld / Instagram: @ChoitotheWorld / Website: http://www.choitotheworld.com/Let's Chat!Have you read this book? Did you love it as much as I did? What are some other books you feel have good anxiety rep? As always happy watching and reading! 

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Review: Time Crawlers By Varun Sayal

40540847Title: Time Crawlers

Author: Varun Sayal

Genre: Sci-fi Short stories

Publisher: Independently published

Publication date: June 15th 2018

Rating: 2.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Time-Travel, High-Tech Mythology, Djinn Folklore, Telekinetics, and life-consuming Cosmic Entities are some major themes in this book which has six tightly-knit, fast-paced Sci-Fi stories.

1. Nark-astra, The Hell Weapon
The weapons he possesses make him the destroyer of worlds, and he burns for revenge. A high-tech take on ancient Indian mythology.

2. Death by Crowd
The dark desires of the masses; darknet websites fueled by a crypto-currency. What lurks in the background ‚Äď an advanced artificial intelligence?

3. Genie
He rubbed a lamp alright, but what he got was the shock of his life. An entirely sci-fi take on the djinn myth.

4. Time Crawlers
There are individuals who existing in multiple time periods at once, and there are those who know about them….

5. Eclipse
No attacks, no blood-shed, yet there was an invasion and a conquest. Who are these shapeshifter aliens being hounded by an eclipse?

6. The Cave
The fate of an advanced imperial race hangs in balance as a dark celestial entity meets a legendary protector.Review2

Thank you to the author Varun Sayal for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

As the synopsis depicts this is a collection of six sci-fi themed short stories. I generally am not a fan of short stories and short story collections. This is because I am a very character driven person and don’t feel short stories give me enough time to get to know and connect with the characters. This collection was no exception. Just as I started to learn the character names and get a feel for what their personality might be like BAM the story ended and it was time to move onto the next one!

Another thing that bothered me about this collection was the writing style itself. I tried not to think too critically about the writing style as I understand this is a debut collection and self-published, so may not have gone through as big of an editing process. With this being said however there were a number of grammatical errors/ misused words and or extra/ missing words. I also found it hard to determine what age group the author was writing these stories for. I actually personally felt that the writing style changed from story to story some seemed to be written in a middle grade type of way with basic description and wording where as others seemed to be adult fiction with more description, but more thinking required from the reader. For the most part though I felt the writing got better with each story.

As for the stories themselves they were a bit hit and miss for me. Some I found a little boring, confusing and not completely thought through. While others, especially the last few, I found the underling ideas, themes and concepts to be very interesting and unique. I liked how many of the stories had an underling theme of morals and the way they were written made me not only question the morals and actions of the characters but ask myself what I would do in these situations and what my own morals are like. A few of the stories also had some very effective plot twists that I did not always see coming and think could be used to an even bigger effect had the story been a full length novel.

In conclusion I enjoyed the premises of most of the stories and the underlying theme of humanity and morals. Many of the ideas, concepts and technologies had great potential and were unique. However, the inconsistency of the writing style throughout all the stories mixed with my dislike of short stories in general made this collection somewhat hard to read. Therefore, I have given this short story collection 2.5/5 stars. Let's Chat!Do you enjoy short stories? Or do you have similar issues with them like me? What are some of your favourite short story collections and or sci-fi reads? Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

29626641Title: It Ends with Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Publication date: August 2016

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter..

Firstly, I want to mention the blurb of this book and give credit to Goodreads for their synopsis. My version of the book does not include the line “This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.”¬† And I think it very smart and considerate of Goodreads for including it now. Going into this read as my book didn’t mention this I was expecting a love triangle with a little drama and a lot of romance!¬†

Let me tell you this book was so much more and really does cover some pretty heavy and sensitive subject matter! Through the first few chapters I thought this book was exactly what I expected a grown-up romance, love triangle with a touch on the serious topic of homelessness and domestic violence via the main characters parents. I found myself getting emotionally invested, picking a “team” and hoping they would be OTP.¬† This book is so well written in the way that you feel without meaning to the main characters emotions completely. Being an empath and an emotional person, this was great at first. I mean it was hard to read about the struggle of the MC’s childhood, but I was so happy and excited and feeling the love with the romance developing. I was falling hard as she was. So, I was very emotionally invested when things took a much darker turn then I was expecting.¬†

The MC experiences domestic violence of her own. And it is not glossed over, and it is graphic and intense. Because of the way the book is written I was already invested in her life and in the relationship. So, as I wasn’t expecting this it hit me hard in the feels. And because of the empathetic emotional person I am this meant I was in this for the long haul. I stayed up until 2 am reading trying to work through these feelings with the MC, struggling as she was going through emotional turmoil, I laughed, I stressed and I bawled my god damned eyes out, but I had to see how this story ended.¬†

For days after I felt emotionally raw and I could not stop thinking about the story and it definitely made me think and question things I had never thought about before. On the one hand I think this means the book was incredibly written. Anything that can make you feel so much is not a badly written piece. So, I knew I would rate this book highly. But I also knew I couldn’t give this book a full 5 star review. And not just for the handful of grammatical errors/ typos. But because my version of the book had no content and or trigger warnings at all. And sure, maybe with them this book may not have caused me to feel so much emotion. But the fact that it doesn’t have any warning and me as a person who has been fortunate enough not to experience any of these issues in her own life was this emotionally wrecked by it. I can only imagine what it might emote in someone who has if they were to read this unsuspectingly. And I do not think that is fair at all. At the very least all versions of this book should have the warning the Goodreads synopsis does, but it’s clearly a little late for that now. Therefore, I gave this read 4 out of 5 stars.¬†

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Do you think all books should have trigger and or content warnings? Until next time Happy watching and reading! 

The Mystery Blogger Award

mystery.PNGHi guys! Today I thought I would finally get around to doing one of the tags/ awards I have been tagged in. I really am so far behind on these and bookstagram ones so apologies to anyone who has nominated/ tagged me in anything I am actual horrible at following them all up! But I am determined to turn things around!

Starting with the Mystery Blogger Award. This Award was created by Okoto Enigma and I was tagged by the always lovely Darque Dreamer. Thank you!! Seriously guys if you haven’t checked out her blog already, do so! She is so lovely and supportive of other bloggers!

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 ‚Äď 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

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Three things about me:

  • My favourite animal is a tiger.
  • I don’t like coffee!!
  • I am a proud Slytherin, but am yet to read all the HP books :O I really do need to get around to finishing them they are so good! But I have been putting it off due to a certain death I know about thanks to the movies.

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Darque Dreamer’s Questions:

What is one thing about you that people don’t believe?

Ummm I don’t know?? I haven’t really done anything unbelievable like go on some magical quest or anything. HAHA. But maybe I feel some people don’t believe how old I am or think I am younger then I am?? I dunno I have a baby face and love Disney and am forever a child at heart! The adult world can take a hike!!

What book would you love to live in?

This is a tricky one! There are so many good places! Like I Would like to visit Prythian like after ACOWAR and everything has settled down. I would love to live in Six of Crows so I could go on an insane adventure with Kaz and the gang. But I would also love to live in the HP books so I could learn magic and go to Hogwarts!

What time period would you love to travel to?

This one is easy for me! I have always had an obsession with the 1920’s I love all the glitz and glam. The fashions! Those flapper dresses! And the way men dressed back then! Plus the music and the dancing! It just seems like such a great time! I mean despite the great depression and all that Jazz.

What book genre would you consider reading a book from without knowing the synopsis or title?

I guess for me it would have to be a fantasy book. It would have to be my favourite genre so likely the safest bet to me liking a book without having seen anything else about it! But let’s be real I would never do this by choice! HAHA! Who would? I want to read books I like and it is very hard for me to finish a book if I just am not into it!

If you could buy one book for everyone to read, what would it be?

This is another tricky one! And I wish I had an answer that was more grown up, deep and meaningful. But I think I am just going to have to go with a book that surprised me as the writing style, context, characters and story are not like what I usually read! But this book fast became one of my favourites and still is. So I am going to have to go for Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. If only to spread the love and badass vibes around for this book! Seriously if you have not read this book please give it a chance!

My Questions:

  • What is a book that almost everyone seems to love but you hated?
  • What is your Hogwarts house and do you think this fits you/ wish it was different?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
  • Favourite read for 2017 so far?
  • What is your favourite snack food to eat while reading or just because??

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So I hate talking myself up but the post that I think is my best or that I am just generally happy with how it turned out and was received is my review of Six of Crows. I just really liked this book and am happy with how the review turned out and the thoughts I was able to express.

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I Nominate:

Now being quite new to the blogging world I don’t know many of you yet so if you do not do tags/ awards or have already completed this one than apologies! But if not I can’t wait to see your answers! Also feel free to participate even if you are not tagged because this one was fun!

Brooklyn / Laura / Charlotte / Rebecca / Steph / The Orangutan Librarian / Amber / Sydney / Nadwa / Celeste

Let's Chat!This was fun and I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me! Do you participate in tags or awards? Let me know what some of your answers would have been in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading.

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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

SOCTitle: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo

Published: 2015

Rating: 5/5

Review2This book! Where do I even begin??!! I absolutely loved it! And I apologize in advance if this review is mostly fangirling and rambling! So I read this for the first time a couple of weeks ago now. And I still LOVE it! All I wanted to do was dive straight into Crooked Kingdom but unfortunately I am yet to get a copy ūüė¶ 

I have previously read the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and I really liked that story as well especially some of the characters (I am looking at you Darkling). But let me tell you Six of Crows knocked those books out! Like just so much more fast paced and badass action and not one boring annoying main character for me (I am looking at you Mal). In SOC it just seems like Bardugo has improved her whole writing style. Which is to be expected the more work and author creates and publishes at least that’s the way you would hope it would go.

Six of Crows is a story of six young criminals from a gang known as the Dregs who’s symbol is a crow drinking from a nearly empty cup. Get it Six of Crows?? HAHA anyways moving on. These criminals each have their own back story and special skill set. And they are all brought together to pull of an impossible task.

As I mentioned above I read the Grisha Trilogy before I read SOC. Although I love SOC way more I am glad that I read these books in order of publication. Because I feel I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with the fast paced action of this book had I not already read about the different levels and types of Grisha in the original story. This is because these things are not explained in as much detail in this book, which effectively is what allows the story to be more fast paced then the trilogy. I am also glad that I read the trilogy first as I picked up on the returning characters and Easter eggs about Ravka and the civil war.

Although the characters in the book go through so much and there is so much action, and despite their great success. I did not find the story too unbelievable. In fact the way in which they pull most of the tasks etc off is quite believable and in my opinion ingenious! I loved seeing the plans unfold and being surprised again and again of the mind of Kaz Brekker! Not to mention the amount of twists, turns and heart stopping moments Bardugo manages to place in this book! I was on the edge of my seat nearly the whole time!

I loved the way the Grisha world was developed more and I just generally loved the world and character building in this book! None of the characters are perfect and the way Bardugo allowed us to meet each character and learn of their backstories while still seeing them develop in the present was great! Seriously though Leigh Bardugo is the Queen of multi-layered and morally grey characters! It was fantastic that not one of these characters were perfect. They each had their demons, vices, weaknesses and down fallings. But they all own it beautifully and don’t let it stop them from doing what they got to do! So bad ass on so many levels!! And although I love them all I think Nina, Inej and Kaz have to be my favourites. But if I had to choose just one let’s be honest it would be Kaz dirty hands Brekker!! I mean how could he not be? Despite the fact that you know he would be an incredibly handsome human being. He has been through so much and although his morals can be questionable he won’t let anything get in his way of getting what he wants. Which is good to know after that ending! Guy’s that ending! Killed me! I am dead! What a cliff hanger!! So many possibilities! I NEED the next book now BRING IT TO ME!!

Overall a great story with great characters and world building. Really stepped up the game from the Grisha trilogy. Despite being fantasy a believable badass story that kept me on the edge of my seat constantly wanting more. I can’t wait to get my dirty little hands on Crooked Kingdom! (See what I did there HAHA). And that is exactly why I gave this book a 5/5 rating. If you haven’t already and are late to the party like me, go and read this book now! I doubt you will regret it! Let's Chat!

Have you read this book? Did you like it better or worse than the Grisha Trilogy? Who is your favourite Dregs member? Was the story believable for you? Please no Crooked Kingdom spoilers!!! But let me know your SOC thoughts in the comments below. Until next time happy watching a reading!!

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Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Title: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Published: February 1st 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Rating: 4/5

Review2I will begin with my non spoiler review of this book before heading into what could be considered as SPOILERS!! *Gasp* but don’t worry these sections will always be clearly labelled beforehand so you can skip on out before that if you have not read this book!

Much as the title and cover suggest Norse Mythology is a collection of short stories about Norse myths and the Norse gods. Such as Odin, Thor¬†and Loki. I am a big fan of Norse mythology and the Norse gods. In fact whenever I watch or read something about them I am ready to pack my bags and go back to university to study them more in depth! I just find them fascinating and have a Loki obsession. But don’t worry it generally passes once I move away from the book or show!

Anyways lets’ get back on track. The stories in this book are Gaiman’s retellings/portrayals of popular and lesser known Norse myths, legends and stories. Covering from the beginning/ creating of the world¬†all the way to Ragnarok.¬†I believe¬†this is more of a collection of short stories that make up a book. As the book itself is divided into sections, those sections each being an individual story with different gods, characters and settings.

The book being divided into short stories is pretty much the only reason I have given Norse Mythology a 4 instead of a 5 star rating. I have read very few other books in this format and generally don’t tend to pick up and read short story collections. I am not 100% sure why, only that in the past I just haven’t. I think because I was not use to this format the book itself was a lot harder for me to get into. As I would be really into a story and the gods and characters present and interacting in it. Only for that story to come to an end and to have to try to dive into a new story with possibly different characters and settings. So I would mostly end up reading one of the stories and then putting the book down until another time.

However that was really the only thing that bothered me about this book. Apart from my personal reading style causing me to struggle to read this book like I normally would, I think Neil Gaiman has done a beautiful job writing these myths in his own way. Although I struggled to read the individual stories back to back. I loved and enjoyed almost every single one of them on their own. And together learning more about the gods and Norse mythology as a whole. I would have to say that my favourite story would have to be really any that featured Loki or revolved mostly around Loki. I just have a weak spot for the God of mischief. I also think that the cover of the book is stunning the little header artworks are beautiful and the writing utterly enjoyable. Which is why I still gave this book 4/5 despite finding it difficult to get into. 

This next little bit could be considered as spoilers for the last story in the book Ragnarok. It is not very spoilery but just so as not to upset anyone I thought I would warn in advance. So read at your own risk or skip down to the sign off.

I just want to talk about the last story in the book which is¬†titled Ragnarok. Now I knew going into it that Ragnarok is the Norse version of Dooms Day/ The Reckoning/ END OF THE WORLD. Gaiman also hints all the way throughout the book leading up to this story about all the players who will be present in this last battle/ event. Despite all this I was still shocked at how it all went down and at just how many people/ gods/ characters died. I mean looking back that was probably a stupid thing of me to think, that more would make it through,¬†I mean Hello! Ragnarok literally is the end of the world. What else did¬†I expect? However I think this story was one of my very favourites from the book. I just loved how it shocked and surprised me and brought back and tied together everything from the other stories. How heaps of little decisions and actions taken in the earlier stories lead up to and culminated in this big battle. Just think that if only one of them had done one thing differently this may have all been avoided or had a different outcome. It was just crazy to read and think about! I was also a little bit disappointed in my little Loki’s involvement in this end game, but also really felt he was justified in a lot of ways to feel the way he did despite getting himself in the situation he did. Anyway like I said above this was overall a really good and really enjoyable read well worth 4/5 stars!


Let's Chat!Have you read this Book? Do you agree with my opinions or did you feel another way? Who is your favourite Norse God? Have you read any of Neil Gaiman’s other works or is this your first like me? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading.

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WWW Wednesday Aug-30-2017

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. To participate and see others responses check out her blog by clicking here.

But long story short pretty much all you have to do are answer the below three questions and leave a link to your post in the comments of Sam’s blog. I think this is a really fun way to keep track of what I am reading while also keeping you all up to date on my current reads and what I hope to read as well as some thoughts and opinions before my full reviews.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?WreathCurrently Reading: Recently¬†I have been reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Currently I am about half way through and am absolutely loving it! I hope to finish SOCit this week sometime and will have a review some time shortly after that for a Review Friday.¬† But here are some of my current thoughts on this book so far:
  • Leigh Bardugo is a queen
  • I have fallen in love with the Grisha world all over again!
  • The character building and world building are fabulous!
  • Kaz and Inej are my favourites. They are life and¬†I cannot wait to find out more about them!

To sum up I am really loving reading Six of Crows for the first time and being back in the Grisha World. The plot so far is great there are barley any slow moments and I can not wait to see how everything plays out! Foliage 17Recently Finished: If you read my last WWW Wednesday post you will know that the last book I was reading and have since finished is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I norseoverall really enjoyed this book and my review will be up on Friday for Review Friday. However here are a sneak peak of my thoughts:

  • The cover is 100% amazingly beautiful!
  • I love Norse Mythology
  • Loki is everything and I loved learning more about him.
  • The way the book is set out is different to what¬†I am used to/ normally read. Thus it was slightly harder to get into.
  • well written and entertaining

Keep an eye out for my review going up this Friday if you want to know my more in depth thoughts and reasons behind the points I have made today. Overall though a quite enjoyable read!Foliage 17Up Next: Again if you read my last WWW post I bet it came as a big shock to you that I went on to read Six of Crows as my next read instead of rereading the ACOTAR series! I did say that I might surprise you and it turns out I could not resist the pull of SOC. Having ACOMAF.jpgsaid this however I still really want to reread the ACOTAR series especially ACOMAF!!! That book is still my favourite of the series! ALL THE FEELS EVERY TIME!!

So I think I will definitely be rereading this series soon! It is one of my all-time favourites. However there are so many new great books coming out next month that I have pre-ordered or want to get. So¬†I want to reread those series in preparation for reading them when¬†I recive them! *cough* Godsgrave *cough* so keen!! There are also still multiple books on my shelves that I have brought and am yet to read. So the issue is always weather to reread or read new stuff!! HELP ME I don’t know what to do!!

If¬†I again manage to¬†put off my re-read of ACOTAR, I will most likely read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon next.¬†I brought the first four books in this series in a box set¬†from Bookdepository andoutlander.jpg only just received them on Monday. ¬†Such good timing with the delivery though as I only just finished watching season 2 of the TV show this Sunday just gone! I absolutely adore the TV show!! My Nanna is from Scotland and I have always had an obsession with Scotland and Scottish things. The Kilts, Bag pipes and accents ARE KILLING ME!! But in a very good way I just can’t get enough of it!!

So I really want to get stuck into reading the books that started it all! I hope they are great and that they are even more detailed than the show because¬†I need to know what happens! I need more Clare and Jamie in my life. JAMIE!!!! I can’t even! Basically I need something to help keep me going until season 3 of the TV show comes out in September sometime!

So that is my weekly update on everything I have been reading and want to read. What do you guys think I should read next? What is everyone else reading? Until next time happy watching and reading!

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Review: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

Title: Milk and honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Poetry

Published: 8 July 2016

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Rating: 3.5/5

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry divided into four sections. Each section dealing with a different theme. I found this to be quite a quick and easy read at only 208 pages. In fact I smashed it out in less than one day! The cover design is simple but STUNNING. I love the bees! the way the poems themselves are set out in the book are equally as stunning especially with the illustrations hand drawn by Kaur herself scattered throughout (double the talent!).

The four chapters/ sections are labelled: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. Consequently the themes of the poems for each section centre around these headings. This was another book I picked up having seen all over bookstagram with everyone raving about it. For me the hype both was and wasn’t justified.

This is because even though I LOVE the cover design and think the entire book is composed beautifully, I could not personally relate to the themes of many of the poems. Hence why this was not a 4 or 5 star read for me. This is not to say that I hated the collection of poetry or did not enjoy reading it! Like I said I smashed through this! Not only because of the way its set out but because even though I did not necessarily relate to them all I thought all the poems were beautifully written. You can tell that they came from the heart and soul of Kaur and that even if they do not resonate with you that they would with someone else.

Having said this there were a handful of the poems that did resonate with me. When¬†I read these particular poems¬†I got a real sense of wow or wanting to think deeper on the topic. I got a feeling like ok I am not the only one that feels this way or thinks these things!¬†I also despite not being able to connect with most the poems thought to consider myself lucky that I could not. As a lot of them deal with some quite dark/heavy topics that¬†I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Overall I think the Aesthetic of this book is beautiful, the way it is written is beautiful and the concept is beautiful. However due to my own life experiences many of the poems did not resonate with me which is why I am giving Milk and Honey a rating of 3.5 out of 5.

Have you read this poetry collection? What were your thoughts? Any other poetry recommendations? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading.

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WWW Wednesday, 23-Aug-2017

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. To participate and see others responses check out her blog by clicking here.

This is my first ever WWW Wednesday! I wanted to participate as a way to offer you guys more regular content as well as keep you up to date on what I am reading these days. So here we go.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: So for the past couple of weeks I have been reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I have made big progress on this book and actually only have 2 or 3 of the individual stories left to read before I finish it. I do plan to write a review on this book when I finish it just like I want to try and do with every book I read. However here are a few of my current thoughts:

  • I love Norse Mythology in general so learning more about it through Gaiman’s portrayal has been great fun.
  • I love Loki he is amazingly awesome! (And misguided.)
  • That cover is beyond beautiful¬†I mean look at it!
  • Overall really enjoying this read however the way it is set out is annoying me and making it hard to get through.

I hope to be finished this read by the end of this week and hopefully can have my full review up by the end of next week to give you all my thoughts and final opinion.


Recently Finished: The book I finished before starting Norse Mythology was actually a collection of poetry called Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I smashed this out in less than one day! It is very easy to read and well set out. I am hoping to have the review with my in depth thoughts and feelings up by the end of this week. But again here are a few quick points:

  • I love the simplistic beauty of this cover (those bees are so cute!)
  • This is a very quick and easy read.
  • I found a lot of the content hard to relate to.
  • However all of the writing is beautiful and some poems made me stop and think and just wow.

So to sum up this is a quick and easy read but not all of it related to me. Keep an eye out for my review!


Next up:¬†¬†Now this section is a little¬†trickier for me at the moment I am having such mixed feelings about what to read next! Firstly with the release of the synopsis for the new novella/ short story and many bookstagramers talking about it at the moment. I have a strong urge to re-read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Like I can hear the books from here screaming at me to take them off my bookshelf and read them right this instant! haha but seriously I love this series and will happily re-read it for what will be the third time. I mean the plot the characters oh the characters! My babies! Feysand is like my biggest OTP and one can never get enough Rhysand in your life! He is the ultimate of book boyfriends! I don’t care what anyone says fight me on this!

On the other hand though I have many books on my bookshelf that I am yet to read as well as more that should arrive any day now from Book Depository. These include the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and the Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  I am loving the Outlander TV show at the moment so I am excited to delve into the books that started it all. Also I only read the Grisha trilogy for the first time last month and loved it so really want to read Six of Crows. Altogether though I have many great reads lined up! I have a feeling ACOTAR will win but hey I tend to read whatever I am in the mood for at that time, so I may surprise you!

Have you read any of these great books? What are you currently reading and plan to read next? What do you think I should read next? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy reading and watching.

 

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Review: Queens of Geek, by Jen Wilde

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Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Publication Date: 26/4/2017
Publisher: Swoon reads, Pan Macmillan Australia
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 5/5

So I will be breaking this review up into two sections the first half I endeavour to keep mostly spoiler free and the second half which is highly likely to contain spoilers while I fangirl hard about this book.

 

 
Queens of Geek is the debut novel of Australian Author Jen Wild. It is a young adult contemporary novel based in California USA about three Australian high school students. Much as the cover of the book entails this story is that of three friends who go on an adventure to a convention much like Comic Con and two romances that arise from this. This is a quick fun read which also manages to be emotional, relatable and broch many issues and topics. This book represents the LGBTIQ+ community with multiple characters of different sexual orientation being represented. Jen also broches the topic of mental illness in the form of sever anxiety as well as writing characters that are a part of the Autism spectrum which I myself have seen very little of.

 

 
Jen also manages to cover and display so many issues and topics in this one story that is only set over a couple of days. She covers as mentioned above an example of what it is like to live and deal with mental illness and overcoming some of your greatest struggles and fears. Bullying, body shaming, and poisonous relationships are all themes/ issues I picked up on being represented or is what I interpreted some of the events in the book to represent. This story also covers finding love and trying to navigate the world all while finding who you are. Last but not least this is a story that finally represents almost solely the Geeks/Fangirls/Fanboys/Nerds of the world and the truly amazing bond that is friendship.

 

 
Given the diversity in this book and the amount of people/issues/themes represented I really feel this is a book that almost everyone can find a little bit of themselves in and relate to. I know I sure did on multiple levels! This coupled with great writing and a storyline that still managed to be funny, romantic and moving is why I would recommend this book to anyone and have given it a 5/5 rating. Everyone do yourself a favour if you haven’t already, go and pick up this amazing fresh and diverse read and put it at the top of your TBR you won’t regret it.

 

 
End of Spoiler free review don’t continue if you haven’t read the book and don’t want to be spoiled!!! All others please venture forward and fangirl with me over this great read!

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