ARC Review: The Best Moments by Elena Monroe

45735205. sy475 Title: The Best Moments, The Amherst Sinners Series #2

Author: Elena Monroe

Genre: NA romance

Publisher: self published

Publication date: 20 August 2019

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

SAINT
College turned out to be my first everything.
Love.
Sex.
Heartbreak.
Betrayal.
Giving up and running home wasn’t an option.
My life was stained by absentee parents, a night of regret still haunting me, and living so controlled I barely felt anything, but white knuckles before I met Oliver. 
Least he was a stain I wore proudly.
One pretty face made me feel everything.
For that, all I wanted was to save Oliver from his past more than myself.
Isn’t that what unconditional love is?

SINNER
College was supposed to be my second chance.
I was working on my third.
I broke her heart in record time.
Everyone leaves and no one ever comes back. I knew that best. Even Layla.
The guilt of another regret weighted too heavy. So heavy, I invited my demons back in to soften the blow.
I added more mistakes to my bad reputation.
Everyone was right about me.
It was never my demons, she was never the cure, and I’m simply a pretty face with an ugly past


*Thank you to the author Elena Monroe for sending me an ARC e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this one sent to me by the incredibly lovely author Elena! This book just like the first one did not disappoint! You can see the review for my first book here if this is the first time you are hearing of this series I highly recommend you check it out! If not there isn’t going to be any major spoilers here so feel free to read on.

I absolutely devoured this book in 24 hours just like the first one I could not put it down I needed to know what happened to my precious little bean Layla and Oliver!! Plus the rest of the sinners but mainly Oliver! LOL.

And again just like the first book this book was a wild fucken ride of emotions I think I felt every emotion under the sun and I could just feel the struggles each individual character was going through. And I felt like I was struggling along with them, questioning my own morals and how I would react to certain things.

There was just so much angst, so much drama, so many high stakes, steamy sex and basically everything you want in a smutty NA romance! That ending though! My goodness Elena you tore my heart out as well as leaving it on the biggest cliff hanger there could possibly be!! I need the next book now especially after finding out it will  be set five years in the future! Ah I need to know what has become of my little beans! haha.

One last note Fuck Hunter, Team Ollie for the win ❤

In conclusion, this was a fast paced addictive read that made me feel all the emotions and left me dying for the next instalment. Hands down really recommend this series if you are a fan of NA romance/ smut especially darker romance. Overall, a strong 4 out of 5 stars. Let's Chat!

Have you read this one or the first book yet? What are some of your favourite smutty romances? Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Bookish life update: BookTube, audio-books and blogging

Wrap up

Whats this? a wrap up/ life update??? The world must be ending or take it as a sign and hold on for dear life as these are rare around here!

Anyways, hi lovelies how have you all been?? I hit a few milestones and also started a few new bookish projects in the last month so thought it was about time I did a little update and shared it with you all!

BookTube Announcement!

My first big announcement they you may or may not already know about is that I started a BookTube channel!!! Its really fresh only two videos in but I am so freaking excited about it.

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Don’t get me wrong I love blogging and updating my bookstagram but I had been feeling a little bored lately and like my passion for all things bookish wasn’t as strong as it used to be. And then I thought what if I made a BookTube? and straight away I felt this new excitement the excitement and nerves of trying new things but also the excitement for learning new skills and meeting more people in the bookish community.

I have loved learning video editing skills and putting together my first few videos. I am so excited and am full of ideas for so many videos that I cant wait to put out into the world! If you have a BookTube or like to watch BookTube I hope you will join me on this new journey of mine! You can find my channel here. I look forward to hearing what you think! 🙂

Milestones!

This past month I also hit some new milestones on my bookstagram and here on my blog!

SO here on the blog I reached 300 subscribers which is absolutely crazy and just blows my mind that that many people want to read what this terrible speller and non grammatical person has to say! So thank you to each and everyone of you for putting up with each miss-spelled word and non-sentence it means the world to me! ❤

I also just came on today to realise I have reached 50 posts on this blog! 50 posts! what the??!! For someone who doesn’t stick with a lot of things I am so proud of myself for sticking with this (through a break here and there) and continuing to write about my passion for books, movies and everything fandom related! Let me know if there is anything you would like to see that I haven’t done yet or any books/movies you want to know my opinion on.

I recently also reached 1.5K on my bookstagram. which I just can not get used to like not at all! I love my bookstagram family and the community and all the friends I have made there. Those people are so special and just bring so much joy and goodness to the world! So if any of you from there are reading this, THANK YOU!! You all mean so much to me and I am thankful everyday I get to be part of the community. ❤

Recent blog posts

To wrap things up here are the posts you may have missed on here in the last month or so, I think my favourite is the TV review.

Review: The price guide to the occult

Review:  The  art of self-kindness 

Paperback Pals: Tika 

TV review: The order season 1 

Thank you all again for sticking around and fangirling with me about everything and anything! I hope you all enjoyed this not so little update! Until next time happy watching and reading!

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Review: The price guide to the occult by Leslye Walton

Title: The price guide to the occult

Author: Leslye Walton

Genre: YA paranormal fiction

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Publication date: 1 March 2019

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Walker Books Australia:

From the author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender comes a haunting tale of magic and murder. When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Instead, guilt and fear led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona invoked the privileges of a witch; she cursed them. But such a spell always comes with a terrible price, and in punishing the island’s residents, Rona also bound her family ever tighter to them. Fast-forward to the present day and all Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. And she has reason to hope that she may have escaped the thorny side-effects of the family matriach’s curse. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. The author – Nor’s own mother – seems capable of performing magic that should be far beyond her capabilities. And such magic always requires a sacrifice. A storm is coming. It’s coming for Nor.


*Thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

Just reading the blurb of the book made this seem like it was right up my alley! A dark paranormal with Witches, the promise of trouble and magic that comes with a price?? Yes please!! For the most part the blurb did deliver! I liked learning about the history of the town and Nor’s family and all the past witches. I liked that the atmosphere seemed darker. This one would be a great Halloween read if you ask me! However, as I don’t normally do much more research into a book other than reading the blurb, I was a bit surprised at just how dark some of the scenes and content were!

Luckily for me I have not had issues with self-harm, so I was able to read the entirety of the book no problem. However, for those who consider self-harm or the mention of self-harm a trigger than please do your research on this one before deciding if it’s for you or not. As it is not an issue I have had myself I also can not really comment if the author depicted this well or not. For me it seemed a bit odd at times as in it didn’t add a whole lot to the story but other times, I felt it gave more depth to nor as a character as we got more insight into her feelings at those moments.

I thought the pacing was very up and down. As in I always wanted to keep reading even though for the most part it felt very slow and a lot of build up to the final few chapters. Having said that though I overall mostly enjoyed it and those final few chapters had me on the edge of my seat! I also loved that the ending lead to the possibility of a sequel. I am unsure if this is actually happening or not. But I kind of hope it is as the way it left off seems like the sequel would be very high stakes and fast paced which would be awesome!

In conclusion, I enjoyed this one for the most part. The paranormal aspects and the darker mood were great. However, there were some issues with pacing and the way some things were represented. Overall if this sounds like something you are normally into, I would definitely recommend giving it a go and that is why I am rating it 3/5 stars. Let's Chat!Have you guys read this one? What are some of your favourite darker witch reads? Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Review: The Art of Self-Kindness by Rebecca Ray

Title: The Art of Self-Kindness

Author: Rebecca Ray

Genre: Self-help

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

Publication date: 6 August 2019

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis for Pan Macmillan Australia: 

This book is for you, the one with sensitivity as a super-power, though you’re still learning to offer it to yourself.

You, the first to share a kind word with others even when you’re not gentle on yourself.

You, known for your generosity but who forgets to give to yourself.

This book is in your hands now because it’s time to befriend yourself.

Dr Rebecca Ray is a writer, speaker and clinical psychologist. She invites you into the practice of self-kindness as the bravest of human art forms. Cast aside the bullet-point lists or assembly instructions in favour of self-care that seeks flow over force and progress over prescription. Come on a journey back to yourself through the art of self-kindness.


*Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

I don’t know what kind of voodoo magic this universe is pushing my way but somehow Rebecca Ray’s books seem to find me just when I need them. Her book The Universe Listens to Brave found its way into my hands not long after I was diagnosed with anxiety and it was helpful for me, you can read my full review here. And now while going through some pretty big life ups and downs and trying to find myself anew this book The Art of Self-Kindness found it’s way to me. And let me tell you it did not disappoint!

In-fact I somehow enjoyed this read even more and found it even more helpful than The Universe Listens to Brave. The words, stories and quotes where all so helpful and inspiring and just what I needed to hear to help heal myself and reach my potential again. And its not just the written content that is great in this book. But in fact the whole book is visually stunning inside and out and given I am a green girl I loved this even more than the theme of the last one! All of it, the words, pictures, colours come together to create one heck of a beautiful reading experience.

In conclusion I highly recommend this book! It is stunning inside and out. Rebecca Ray and team have done an incredible job and if you are in need of some inspiration or help to be a bit more kind to yourself then this one is for you. 5 out of 5 stars for sure! Let's Chat!

Have you read this one yet? Or do you plan to? What are your ways of practising self-kindness? Happy watching and reading, until next time! Signature

TV Review: The Order season 1

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Title: The Order

Creator: Dennis Heaton a Netflix Original

Release: March 2019

divider 1If you are looking for a new series to binge watch and have it grip you with its claws and not let go. Then look no further The Order Netflix’s latest original series is it! Netflix categorises this show as TV horror with a synopsis of: Out to avenge his mother’s death, a college student pledges a secret order and lands in a war between werewolves and practitioners of dark magic.

That alone sounds pretty great right? Well let me tell you this show more then lives up to its description. I was hooked from episode one and the more I watched the more I wanted! I would personally categorise this show as a supernatural/paranormal horror as both themes are very prominent throughout the series. You like magic? Especially dark magic? That may or may not involve the occasional drop of blood or human sacrifice? This ones for you! You like werewolves? How about werewolves with a cause? And a completely unique turning process? Then go watch The Order now! This show even has college drama, romance and a good if not sometimes dark sense of humour. It really has something for everyone, but I especially recommend it to fellow lovers of the supernatural/ paranormal genres!

So, I think we have clarified that I love this show even if its just for the base themes mentioned above. But let’s delve a little deeper into why I am now ride or die with this series. Firstly the plot is great! Don’t worry no specific spoilers here! But I will say enough happens in each episode in order to keep you hooked. There are enough twists and turns and leading questions to make you want to stay up and find out what happens. Not to mention the series finale is one of the BEST I have watched in a long time! I did not see the ending coming and let’s just say it left tears in my eyes and my jaw on the floor! The characters and the development these characters go through are another thing that brings this show to a whole other level. We have characters with no morals and characters with strong morals, some of which change their ways, and some don’t. We have strong friendships developed, my favourite of which has to be between the werewolves, it’s just great to see their bond develop over time. My absolute favourite character is Lilith, she is such a strong fierce female and her character growth is probably the best throughout the series. In fact, this series is full of strong female characters some of which I love and some of which I hate. So, if you are all for girl power this one could be for you too!

I can’t go into too much else without completely spoiling major plot lines. Bust seriously go watch this show! Right now! I am serious, stop what you are doing and go watch it. This is a five star series for me 10 out of 10 DO recommend! This deserves so much more hype! I can not wait for season 2 and I can not wait to hear what you all think too!Let's Chat!

Have you seen this one yet? what did you think? What are some of your Netflix recommendations? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time, happy watching and reading!

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Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

9781760876029.jpgTitle: The Bride Test

Author: Helen Hoang

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Publication date: 1 July 2019

Rating: 4/5

 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.


*Thank you to the publisher Allen and Unwin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

Hello friends! I know it’s been a while, but I am finally back with another book review! And it just so happens to be for a book I genuinely really enjoyed. This was the first book of Hoang’s that I have read as I am yet to read The Kiss Quotient. So I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but knew the hype about her books and writing was pretty big and I had only heard good things.

As you would have seen from my rating at the top of this post, the writing and book lived up to the hype for me. The first thing I loved about this book was the diversity and inclusivity. It was great getting to see an insight into another culture and the autism rep and the way Hoang portrayed living with autism exceeded my expectations. You see I was a tad worried about the autism rep to start with as I do have close family members who live with autism and so I wanted it to be done well and with heart. And I am pleased to see Hoang did exactly that!

This book managed to be both serious and funny. Because the story and the content seemed important but there was also humour mostly in the characters little personality quirks. I loved all of the characters in this book they each added something important to the story whether they were a lead or a side character. Each of them was easily disguisable from the other and I loved watching them develop and grow!

The only reason this wasn’t a five star read for me was because at times I found the pacing a little slow. Which with the amount of character growth that needed to happen and the journey the two main characters needed to go on isn’t all that surprising. Having said that the slower paced times still held a lot of emotion and importance to the story.

In conclusion, this story is one full of heart, humour, good representation and character growth. Hence my 4-star rating. With the last star not being given as I personally at the time of reading found some of the pacing slow which meant it took me longer to read. Let's Chat!

Have you read this one yet or The Kiss Quotient? what did you think? What other diverse books with good representation should I check out? Until next time happy watching and reading! Signature

ARC Review: The Best Years by Elena Monroe

44648637Title: The Best Years, The Amherst Sinners Series #1

Author: Elena Monroe

Genre: NA romance

Publisher: self published

Publication date: 21 May 2019

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

SAINT 
College. My one chance to escape. And I ran as far and fast as I could. 
Straight into the arms of something more dangerous.
Oliver. 
He thinks I’m a good girl. But he doesn’t know what I’m running from. 
He thinks I should stay away from him. But I can’t. 
I like his cruel words. And his intoxicating smile. 
He’s a temptation I can’t resist.
Am I a sinner or saint?

SINNER
College. Second year. 
There are bad decisions at every turn. 
Including the new freshman, Layla.
Temptations I can’t fight. Shackles I can’t escape. 
I’m only comfortable with the cruelty that slips from my lips.
Her innocent charm isn’t going to polish away my bad reputation.
This wasn’t going to end well. 

We all have secrets. What’s your sin?


*Thank you to the author Elena Monroe for sending me an ARC e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

Where do I even start with this review?! I really really enjoyed this read! I mean I devoured it in less than 24 hours! I just couldn’t put it down and now am completely invested in these characters lives and need the rest of the series to know what’s going to happen to these guys!

This book has so much going for it in my eyes. For one this book does have multiple POV which you guys know by now is often not my favourite, but it worked so well here and only added to the story. The POV didn’t change too often at all and there was not too many characters POV either which I think is why it worked well and was actually enjoyable. It really allowed you to see more into the story and get to know all the characters on a deeper level.

I loved that almost every character is not fully as they seem when they are first introduced. None of them are perfect they all have little surprising qualities. Without spoiling anything I can see that many of them are going to experience so much character growth throughout the series and some of them have already begun this growth. The dynamic between Oliver and Layla kept me on my toes the whole time wondering what would happen next! I loved the drama, the twists, the romance and the smut! Just an awesome dramatic AF steamy college romance book!

The only reason this book isn’t five stars for me is because I found the writing to not flow as nicely at the start of the book as it did throughout the rest of the story. My copy also had some missed editing issues such as typos/ double words etc. However, as the version I read was an ARC these issues may be resolved in the final published version. I feel I should also mention here this read contains possible trigger warnings of rape and substance addiction.

In conclusion, this book was exactly what I have been loving lately and had that special something that made me not want to put it down! Dramatic, steamy and unexpected this book well deserved its 4 stars from me! With that cliff-hanger of an ending though Elena I am glad to know you are well into working on book two! Let's Chat!Let me know if you read this one once it comes out! Do you have any good NA romance recommendations? They are my latest obsession! Any you want to see me review? Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Review: Enchantée by Gita Trelease

41577908Title: Enchantée 

Author: Gita Trelease

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

Publication date: 26 February 2019

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Pan Macmillan Australia:

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries – and magicians . . .

When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille is left to provide for her frail sister and her volatile brother. In desperation, she survives by using the petty magic she learnt from her mother. But when her brother disappears Camille decides to pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Using dark magic Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine‘ and presents herself at the court of Versaille, where she soon finds herself swept up in a dizzying life of riches, finery and suitors. But Camille’s resentment of the rich is at odds with the allure of their glamour and excess, and she soon discovers that she’s not the only one leading a double life . . .

Enchantée is a compelling historical fantasy and is Gita Trelease’s debut novel.


*Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

I don’t tend to read or enjoy historical fiction very often. This is normally because I find the plots tend to be very slow and a bit of historical information overload. And I also find that authours tend to focus a lot on the positives of a time period while glossing over or not mentioning the negatives of that time. Having said this I believe Trelease has managed to write a story with Enchantée that runs into none of these problems. Overall I really enjoyed this read. 

For me, the fact that this story is an historical fantasy and not just a historical read, allowed for a more multifaceted and fast-paced plot. The magic system is more subtle than many found in the YA fantasy genre. However, it seems to fit so perfectly with the setting and time era. And the way Trelease describes the use and weaving of the magic is just superb. Essentially the magic system is just the magic of illusions, making one thing appear as another or in another way. However, the idea that one needs sorrow to make this magic work, I found unique and allowed the book to have a slightly darker tone. As we all know magic always comes with a price! 

I also think Trelease did a fantastic job of describing the state of Paris in 1789. The way she described and brought Versailles alive made me wish to travel to Paris right away. She managed to give the palace such a whimsical quality while still mentioning the filth and not so royal behaviours. Trelease also did not shy away from describing the darker, negative events and aspects of Paris at this time. The poverty, the civil unrest, the class issues and the beginnings of the revolution. These were all things that made the story seem more real despite being a work of fiction. 

The highlight of this book for me though was the characters. Trelease brought each different character to life so well that despite having issues remembering all the French names and noble titles I could easily distinguish between their personalities and traits. I also love the variety of characters from heroes to villains, nobles to the poor. This book has it all with a strong female heroine, a passionate romance without excessive physical contact, female friendships, scheming villains and monstrous human beings. 

Despite enjoying almost everything about this book I did find the relationship between the main character and her sister to be underdeveloped and at times annoying. I also struggled with the bits of French included. There is a glossary in the back of the book. However, I did not realise this until I was about 3 quarters through. Meaning until then I had to guess at the meaning of what was being said in French. Therefore, I am giving this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend to any lover of YA, fantasy or historical fiction. Let's Chat!Do you read a lot of historical fiction? What is your favourite time period to read about? Do you like reading about magic systems alongside true historical events? Let’s chat in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi Blog Tour

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Hey, Hi, Hello! 🙂

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.

If you would like to follow along with the rest of the tour stops, check out the other stops from today or yesterday’s stops, you can check out the tour schedule here. ❤divider 1

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—perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve 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’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and 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 – 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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