Review: Lisette’s Paris Notebook by Catherine Bateson

31851963Title: Lisette’s Paris Notebook

Author: Catherine Bateson

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Allen & Unwin 

Publication date: January 2017

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

What do you wear to Paris? Ami and I discussed it for hours but I still couldn’t think of anything suitable. Ami said a trench coat with nothing underneath but your best underwear. That was only if some boy was meeting you at the airport, I said.

Eighteen-year-old Lisette has just arrived in Paris (France!) – the city of haute couture and all things stylish – to practise her French and see great works of art. Her clairvoyant landlady Madame Christophe forces her to attend language lessons with a bunch of international students but soon Lise discovers she’s more interested in studying boys than art or verbs …

When the undeniably hot Anders jogs into her life it feels too good to be true. Things get even more complicated when she is pursued by Hugo, a charming English antiques dealer.

Can she take a chance and follow her own dreams? How far into the future can Madame Christophe see? And could Lise really be falling in love – in Paris?Review2

So, as you may already be getting from the bio this book is a YA contemporary romance, coming of age, finding yourself story. The main narrator Lise is an 18 year old Australian girl taking a gap year trip in Paris. It is a very cute quick read. Not only is the main character Australian but the author Catherine Bateson is an Australian making this particular read a #loveozya book. Which I think is fantastic! I love reading and supporting Aussie authors and their books. It’s something I have been thinking I need to consciously make an effort to read more of so this book was the perfect opportunity to do so! 

Quick mention to the cover of this book. I think this book is so cute and all the little pictures really give me young holiday in Paris vibes! Can I pack my suitcase already?? 

The first half of this book is frustrating to read. Not because the story is bad. It isn’t. But because after arriving in Paris and first experiencing the magic of the city the MC quickly starts to make some what I would consider pretty stupid choices. So, this is frustrating to watch unfold as I just know it will end badly. I had to constantly remind myself that the MC was only 18 and that if she didn’t make these mistakes this story wouldn’t be one of self-growth and discovery. Another negative for me was that although this book had many cute and whimsical travel abroad vibes. There were also a number of parts I found particularly cringe worthy instead of cute. For example, there is a part where the MC and a love interest are discussing her previous intimate experience and as she is shy to talk about it, he uses a doll like a ventriloquist to make her comfortable enough to tell him. I see the cute moment the author was trying to go for here. But I was cringing the whole time. 

On a more positive note after the first 100 pages I started to find Lise a lot less annoying. Even though she still didn’t always make the right decisions I found most interactions less cringey. I enjoyed seeing her grow and become more comfortable in Paris and the relationships she was building were really pulling me in. I also enjoyed reading about all the different activities and places she visited in Paris. The way the author described them had a magical, whimsical quality that made me want to book a flight straight away. I also adored the main love interest and once he came into the picture found myself wanting to just keep reading and hoping like hell it would all work out for them both! 

In conclusion, this book didn’t make it to my top favourite reads. Because of the cringe factor and my frustration with some of the MC’s actions. However, I did overall really enjoy it. Because of the cute romance and the travel lust it inspired. I think it really achieved an appropriate self-growth, young adult coming of age story. Which is why I am rating this book 3.5 stars. Let's Chat!What is a place you want to visit most in the world? Does Paris make your list? What are some of your favourite #loveozya titles and authors? Chat with me in the comments below! Until next time Happy watching and reading! 

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Discussion: The importance of trigger warnings

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I wanted to discuss the idea of trigger warnings after my latest book review. I reviewed the book It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. You can see the review here for reference. The Goodreads synopsis for this book has a very basic warning about the content which reads “This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter”. However, my paperback version of the book has no content or trigger warnings what so ever.

I mention in my review that I had no clue what to expect going into the book and based on the blurb I had assumed the book would be a love triangle. Was there romance? Yes, but just as the Goodreads synopsis suggests the book mainly revolved around much heavier subject matter of domestic abuse and homelessness. Neither of which are directly mentioned in any way in the blurb. And this is essentially what has prompted this discussion for me. As even I a person who fortunately has no personal experience with either issue was left emotionally raw at the end of the book. Which lead me to contemplate how much worse I would feel and what I would need to try to deal with if I had experienced either of those things in my past.

These thoughts were further pushed on when a reader Jillian (who I am unable to link to at this time) commented on my review. She mentioned that Hoover has actually received backlash multiple times over the years for not putting trigger warnings on many of her books. This was not something I was aware of and it shocked me. It makes me wonder how many other books and authors have had similar issues. Why is this something that is allowed to happen? Especially on matters that could severely emotionally hurt someone, or event mentally hurt a person. Is it a fear of ruining the experience of the story for others? As in, is it treated by some as a spoiler if there is a warning for certain content?

Which leads me to ask, in which case is a blanket warning like the one Goodreads has used enough or a happy medium? As this essentially warns people of potentially difficult subject matter without spoiling anything in my opinion. It gives people with triggers an opportunity to think twice and even look up what the difficult or sensitive subject matter could be, in order to make and educated decision on whether or not to read the novel in question. I think this should be something to be considered for all books that deal with triggering issues. However, some people may not think that this is enough. Should we have more specific warnings? And if so where do we draw the line?

I think this is a matter that really needs to be considered by authors, the publishing industry and readers alike. I mean things that are aired on TV and in the movies are required to firstly give a maturity rating. Which essentially books also do by placing the reads into children’s, MG, YA, NA and Adult. But TV and films also need to mention what makes the content possibly troubling e.g. coarse language, violence, sex scenes and drug use. Which lets the viewer decide if they are comfortable watching something that may involve these things. This clearly is something that books are not required to have. Although I do know that some do. The back of some of Sarah J. Maas books for example include a warning about content that is of a sexual nature. So, it is clearly possible to give some kind of a warning for those that may need it. So why isn’t this required? This is potentially an issue that will have many varying opinions and may be multi-faceted, but I personally believe that it is something that needs to be discussed and looked into further. Let's Chat!What are your opinions on trigger warnings? Do you think at the least books should be required to have content warnings like TV and movies? Is a blanket statement about heavy content enough? Or do the warnings need to be more specific? Discuss with me below! 

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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! 

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

20617636Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: September 2014

Rating: 5/5

Warning the synopsis contains spoilers if you have not read the previous books in this series! Read at your own risk! 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

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Continuing on with my reread in preparation for Kingdom of Ash was one of my favourites from this series, Heir of Fire. If you missed them I also reviewed Assassins Blade, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.

If I was going to give the most basic review of this book without my usual rambling I would simply say: Amazing new characters are introduced! CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!! Character development everywhere!!

But what fun would one of my reviews be without my rambling, fangirling nonsense? Not very fun at all! So, buckle up kids and grab a snack why we both try to sort through all my feelings about this brilliant book!

This book is one of my favourites of the entire series so far. One of the biggest contributing factors to this is the new characters that are introduced! Firstly Manon Blackbeak and we might as well throw in the whole 13! I absolutely loved Manon from the first moment she was introduced to me and upon rereading my love for her has only grown! She is beautiful and fierce and skilled. But she also isn’t perfect and has a lot of growing and developing to do. I believe little bits of this growth starts to occur in this book. The second character introduced in this book that I love is Rowan. Hot, skilled, tattooed fae male! Must I say anymore? Can he be an Ass? Yes! Does he also grow a shit tone throughout the story? Also yes! Honourable mention goes to Aedion as I don’t mind him in this book but I know he grows on me a hell of a lot in the next book!

I think this book takes the series in a new and exciting direction. We gain so much information about the world, certain characters pasts, the king and his plans. Is it a lot of information to take in? Yes, but I believe it is done in such a way, evenly throughout the book, that it only made me enjoy the reading experience more while getting excited about where the story could go from here.

I can’t really touch on the character development side of things more than I already have without spoilers. However, I will say almost every main character goes through events that allows us to learn more about them and for them to learn more about themselves. There are also many interactions between the main characters that play a part in the way they grow or go backwards. And we see how their personalities and wants etc change over time. I love this and especially like the journey Celaena goes through. Her development is by far my favourite of the book.

Lastly the other reason I adore this book is for the spectrum of feelings it forces me to go through and feel. Every time I read it. This book is all the feelings! ALL OF THEM! From heart ache to joy, despair, anger, love, triumph, surprises, shocks and everything in between! Basically, be prepared for an emotional roller coaster! Who am I kidding? You can not be prepared. Just feel it all, it’s easier that way! Haha!

In conclusion I love pretty much everything about this book! The characters, the plot, the feelings it’s all great. I really don’t think I can fault it. Other than for me personally Chaol’s chapters are a little boring. So, since I am pretty much grasping at straws for things I don’t like and overwhelmed by the things I loved this book is a 5/5 read for me! Let's Chat!What did you think of this book? Who is your favourite character in it? What is your favourite Maas book? Let’s chat in the comments below! As always, happy watching and reading!

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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

17670709Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: August 2013

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom.Review2

So as you may know by now I am rereading the Throne of glass series in preparation for Kingdom of Ash. You can see my review for Assassins Blade here and Throne of glass here. I think Crown of Midnight is my current least favourite in the series. If I was to write an extremely short review it would go something like this:

Part 1: NOTHING!!

Part 2: EVERYTHING!!

Special mention: Chaol is the worst. What a toss pot!

However, I endeavour to always be honest with my reviews and explain my feelings so here is a little more in depth look at my thoughts on this book. The book itself is divided up into two parts. So I think that would be the best way to divide up my thoughts as I have very different opinions on both parts.

Part 1: I described this part as nothing above because I feel that is literally what happens here. For almost the entire first half of the book nearly nothing exciting happens! Is there some important information brought up for the series to continue? Yes. Do certain relationships change and develop? Yes. But other than knowing Celaena is playing a dangerous game, I think the adventurous, mysterious side to this story is kind of non-existent to me in this part of the book. I also think that we barely get to see any of the bad-ass skills Celaena developed and used in the previous two books. But more listen to her remind us that she does have these skills and in fact is the best. Although I mostly do still like Celaena in the first half of this book I like her a whole lot more in the second half. Dorian is by far my favourite in the first half of this book and watching him deal with his struggles is one of the redeeming qualities of this first half.

Part 2: Boy oh boy do things get waaaayyyy more interesting in the second half of this book! If the whole book was like the second half this would be a five star read for me! So much happens!! So many emotions from soul crushing sadness to adventure to mystery to shocking revelations this part has it all. Relationships are changed yet again. We finally see some more of Celaena’s skills and I think the plot really develops here. I also love every interaction between Celaena and Dorian and seeing new dynamics develop between them. Also, the ending to this book was still great and impactful even reading it for the second time!

In conclusion, I absolutely love the second half of this book. However, I find the first half of this book pretty lack lustre with only a few interesting or redeeming aspects. Side note, I have always found Chaol to be meh but this book just confirmed for me that he is a tosser. Hence, although the second half of the book is probably worth 5 stars I can only rate this book 3.5/5.Let's Chat!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Are you doing a re-read for KoA? Is Chaol an absolute tosser? Until next time, happy watching and reading! 

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

13519397Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: August 2012

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted? Review2

This read was a reread in preparation for the upcoming release of Kingdom of Ash. This was the first time I have reread this book although I have reread later books in the series multiple times. The first time I read this book I had not read The Assassins Blade yet. However as you will know if you have seen my review. This time around I have the background knowledge that those novellas provide. And let me tell you it is a whole different experience with that knowledge.

I was able to understand subtleties in the plot a lot better and certain references and or wording hit me right in the feels! I was able to understand Celaena’s thoughts, actions and emotions a lot better now knowing her background. It made it a lot easier for me to feel all of her ups and downs along with her. All of which made the overall reading experience that much better.

Just like the first time around I think the concept of this book and the plot line is great and one big adventure. Although I much prefer the action scenes, the contest, and fighting etc. I think showing Celaena developing friendships and enjoying clothes, and sweets and gifts make her a more in depth believable character. I also am a sucker for romance as I have said many a time before. So that part of the plot for me just added to the story.

Celaena, Nox and Dorian are my favourite characters in this first novel. And any interaction between these characters were some of my favourite to read about. I think the world building of this story is done quite well. It doesn’t feel like a complete info dump, but more like you are finding things out with celaena and as you need to.  Having said this though there are many characters in this book and many names and I still sometimes need to stop and think a bit harder about who’s related to who and what their role in the story is etc. Given that I generally read for escape and fun this is slightly annoying but not enough so to put me off the story.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this reread. This is one of my favourite series and I really enjoy the world and the story. Some of the characters I absolutely adore, and it just has me wanting to rush into rereading the next books to spend more time with them. The only reason that this is not a 5 star read for me is because I know it is not my favourite of the series as well as the whole many names issue. Therefor a solid 4/5 and would recommend if you have not given this series a go yet. Let's Chat!

Have you read this series yet? Who are your favourite characters in the first book? Did you read this one before or after Assassins blade? Let me know in the comments below! As always happy watching and reading! 

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Review: The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas

18315788Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: March 2014

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…

Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.Review2

I finally picked up this book for the first time a couple of weeks ago to read as part of my overall ToG reread in anticipation of the KoA release. I can not believe it took me so long to pick this book up! This collection of novellas about Celaena’s past, filled in so many gaps in her back story that I didn’t even know I was missing! I should mention that although this is my first read of this particular book, I have read all of the other books in the series at least once (excluding Tower of Dawn).  This collection of stories made me feel every emotion under the sun! Just as Celaena did as she experienced the events that unfold.

This book was an adventure and a half just like you would expect. Full of swagger, killing, betrayal, friendships, feelings, romance and everything in between. I think the writing style of these novellas is actually slightly better than the first few books in the series, expected given a writer’s style will develop and grow the more they write (this was published after ToG and CoM). I think this writing is neater and more descriptive and even more emotive. However, I may find scene’s in later books more emotive now that I am more aware of the backstory.

Now that I have yelled at you about my feelings on the collection overall. I am going to try to list my opinions on each of the novellas without rambling too much! haha who am I kidding? Here comes more of me yelling at you about my feelings!

The Assassin and the pirate lord

  • Classic swaggering, angry Celaena but who can’t help but fight for those worse off. I love this side of her.
  • So, this is the infamous Sam Cortland. I didn’t think I would like him this much from the get go. But he is just one of those people you can not help but like.
  • why does Rolfe hate Celaena so? OH!!! That will do it! Although well deserved!

The Assassin and the healer

  • I didn’t know it was possible to hate Arobynn Hamel more!
  • So, this is the Yrene Towers I have heard about but was yet to read about. By the end of this Novella I grew to like her and hope big things come from her later.
  • Overall my least liked Novella. Somewhat slow paced. I don’t like seeing Celaena down and worried or unsure of herself. But likely contains important info for ToD and KoA.

The Assassin and the desert 

  • Loved seeing yet another part of this world.
  • Loved learning more about Ansel and her back story with Celaena.
  • Great to see one of the reasons Celaena is so good and seeing her with another teacher.
  • But that ending! why!

The Assassin and the underworld

  • Did I mention I hate Arobynn?!
  • Love seeing the planning behind Celaena’s missions.
  • Aw Sam!!
  • Hey there sapphire eye’s! Don’t think I didn’t notice you!

The Assassin and the empire

  • Celaena’s apartment, romantic cuteness
  • I HATE AROBYNN HAMEL!!!!! AAAAHHHHH!!!
  • I will never read the words I am Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid in the same way ever again!
  • I am broken there is nothing left. Someone send help!!!

In conclusion this book gave me way more than I expected. I now feel that the rest of the series will make even more sense and more of an impact on me having read these novellas. Overall, I thought the book was well written and took me on an emotive adventure! all of this is why I have given The Assassins Blade a rating of 4.5/5. That .5 was taken off because this is not my favourite book of the series and because I am still trying to put back together my heart after Maas shattered it into a million and one pieces!Let's Chat!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Did you read this before or after reading the other books in the series and how do you think this effected your reading experience? Until next time, happy watching and reading! 

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Review: The Princess saves herself in this one, by Amanda Lovelace

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Title: The princess saves herself in this one

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Released: 2017

Publisher: Andrews McMeel publishing

Genre: Poetry

Rating: 3.5/5

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I feel this review may end up being very similar to the one I did for Milk and Honey which you can find here.  As after reading it I have many of the same feelings and reasons why I personally could not give this collection a higher rating.

So firstly I will begin by saying that despite the awesome title this is not a light hearted collection by any stretch of the imagination. Lovelace in this poetry collection explores and delves into some pretty heavy and even dark themes, which obviously appear to stem mainly from personal experiences she has had. Now these sections and poems are the parts that I personally could not connect to. This is not to say that they were not well written or emotive. Because they were. I definitely felt many emotions while reading them. It’s just that fortunately I have not experienced these situations or similar ones. So for that reason I could not relate or connect to the story being told in the beginning of the collection.  I do however commend Lovelace for being able to put herself out there/ expose her past demons so thoroughly and personally show that amount of strength in turning those experiences into this collection.

The later part of the collection I did rather enjoy and found I could connect to a lot more of the poems. I found the last section titled: You  to be mostly positive, very empowering and full of self-love messages. This is something I can get behind and something I think needs to be spread around more. I will say a lot of the self-love/ fuck what anybody else thinks poems were exactly what I needed to hear and I connected with these the most.

A few of my favourite poems from the collection were:

  • Millennials
  • What they don’t want you to know
  • Use those fragments to make stepping-stones to your own self love
  • Women are some kind of magic 
  • This life is still worth living 
  • Don’t allow the world to take your kindness
  • Love is never a weakness
  • Yourself
  • I believe in you

There were quite a number of others that I also enjoyed throughout the collection or that stuck a cord with me regardless of the themes. I also loved the dedication at the beginning and the Pending at the end. Lastly I just generally liked how the collection was set out as a whole.

In conclusion I gave this collection of Poetry a solid 3.5/5. As it was in my opinion a well written, put together and emotive poetry collection. However for the most part I was unable to fully connect and relate to too many of the themes due to my own personal life experiences. It should be noted that I am also not the biggest fan of poetry in general. Let's Chat!

Are you a big poetry reader? Or do you struggle to relate to poetry content? Have you read this collection? What did you think? Happy reading and watching, Signature

Book Shelf tour

Hello everyone so today I thought I would do another fun little post instead of a review. I have seen many of these around book blogs, booktube and bookstagram but Michaela from Journey into books is the most recent one I have seen. I thought it was cool to see an insight into her book world and decided to let you all have a little look into mine.

Before I begin apologies for the quality of some of the picture it was a mostly cloudy, & rainy day when I took them. 😦 Great reading weather but unfortunately not great for pictures!

Full room view

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This is my book room, library, reading spot and study. I love it and it was a must for me when I finally got my own house.

Shelf 1: Sarah J Maas  

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This is one of my favourite shelves in my room. I think it’s so pretty and it hosts possibly my favourite books! It does however annoy me that ACOWAR is not the matching paperback. But I just had to have this edition and one day hope to own them all in both paperback and hardback! As for the TOG series I am yet to read Assassins blade or TOD!  This also features my Uni graduation teddy from my Nana. My favourite Disney princess gifted to me by my fiance and my read and wonder magnetic bookmarks. Just look at my little inner circle and Mia and Tric 🙂

Shelf 2: Casandra Clare & Jay Kristoff

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Underneath my Maas shelf is my Cassie Clare and Mr. Kristoff shelf. What’s that? Does the fact that the first three Mortal instruments books aren’t the same size as the others bother you? Yes! Yes it bloody does why do they do this? I will note that I also own the last TMI book as an e-book. This shelf also holds my Nevernight themed candle and lip balm. Bonus content there are actually 3 books on this shelf that I have not got around to reading yet!

Shelf 3: Mead, Shannon & Stiefvater

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Next on this bookcase is this shelf. Mead is one of the first authors I ever fell in love with and VA is one of my first loved fandoms. This shelf also contains The Bone Season series, where different length books strike again! 😦  As well as my Raven cycle books. The decor for this shelf is my TOG Dorian and Manon inspired candles and my Nevernight Mia print.

Shelf 4: The Morganville Vampires & Random

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The Morganville vampires by Rachel Cain is the longest series I own and contains one of the only signed books I own. As you can also see I have a few books from different series here also that I have mostly read but never continued with for one reason or another. Here I also have a Loki Print ❤ and my TOG Rowan inspired candle.

Printer shelf

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As this room doubles as a study my printer is here to. This also features some of my bookmarks and my wind mill collection 🙂

Cube 1

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My first cube shelf is mostly a space for the many books surely to come! However currently it holds my Harley print ❤ some science themed decor. And a mixture of random series and standalone books. One of these is another signed one of mine!

Cube 2

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My second cube contains most of my newer purchases and or gifted books as well as again some older random parts of series and standalone’s. It also contains most of my contemporary reads.

Shelf 5: Twilight & dystopian/random

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Confession time, the Twilight series was what got me into/ addicted to reading. Before these, sixteen year old me hated reading, didn’t understand how people could do it for fun or read something that big! hahaha omg thank goodness I came to my senses!

Shelf 6: Mostly Adult fiction/erotica & some paranormal

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Can I just say that I love that this whole shelf nearly consists of books of all the same height. How aesthetically pleasing is that! Also Blood rights is a series I found very interesting and creative but hear very little about!

Shelf 7: Harry Potter & random

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Yes my harry Potter series is miss matched, I know but my Nana brought the hardbacks for me back when they were released before I even fell in love with reading hence why one is missing a dust jacket. My amazing Slytherin edition is also there! Decor features yet another Loki print ❤ and a Godsgrave card.

Shelf 8: Random & self-help?

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This is probably my least favourite shelf it contains many random books I have been gifted or brought on a whim. Also here is a really cool postcard I picked up and the bookends I have had since I was a baby! And that’s a wrap! Let's Chat!

Do you see any of your favourites? How do you organise your shelves? Have you done a bookcase tour? Let me know below! Much Love, 

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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 😦 

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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