What I read in April…

Surprisingly I had a great reading month in April despite having 4 essays to write! I managed to read 17 books, 6 of which were rereads and my ratings were very varied.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – 2/5 – this book was so disappointing. I thought the relationship lacked authenticity, the plot was boring and the magic system felt underdeveloped. I will be unhauling this soon.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – 3.5/5 – this story is so unique and I loved the idea behind it. Unfortunately I guessed who the ‘villain’ was quite near the start so the story lacked enjoyment for me because of this.

Him by Sarina Bowen (reread) – 4/5 – I needed a quick read so I picked up one of my favourite New Adult m/m hockey romances. If you’d like to see more of my thoughts check out my December wrap up!

Off the Ice by Avon Gale (reread) – 3.5/5 – after rereading Him I was in the mood for more hockey romance so I did another reread. This book went down a .5 in my rating this time round but to see more of my thoughts, check out my December wrap up.

Breakaway by Avon Gale – 3.5/5 – more m/m hockey romance! I really enjoyed this book – Lane was utterly adorable and I loved his relationship with Jared.

Save of the Game by Avon Gale – 3.5/5 – this book is a companion novel to the first and I loved the relationship in this one too! I also enjoyed the brief moments we saw Lane and Jared.

Power Play by Avon Gale – 3/5 – another companion novel. I didn’t enjoy this one as much but I still loved the characters.

Empty Nest by Avon Gale – 4/5 – what a surprise, it’s another companion novel! This is by far my favourite in the series and I went through a rollercoaster of emotions. I adored the relationship in this book!

Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale – 3/5 – the final book in the series and it was another that I enjoyed  but didn’t love!

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi – 4/5 – I was so hyped for this book and I’m so glad I’ve finally read it! The plot was a little slow at times and the build up for the end seem to last for 80% of the book and then everything happened at once. But oh my goodness, that end! I can’t wait for the next book.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (reread) – 5/5 – I read my 10th anniversary edition and I loved all of the little illustrations dotted throughout the book. I love this series so much.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 2/5 – I’d heard very mixed reviews about this book which is why it has taken me so long to read it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the incredibly short chapters and I really didn’t like the relationship. However I am open to read more from Nicola Yoon.

Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey – 2/5 – I don’t know what it was about this story that I didn’t like but I just really didn’t like it! I am going to try more from this author as maybe this book was an exception.

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven – 4/5 – this book was hilarious and exactly what I needed after two disappointing reads. It’s the feminist novel I wish I’d had years ago but I’m so glad I’ve read it now and I can’t wait for the sequel.

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic (reread) – 4/5 – I adore this series so much and coming back to these characters feels like reuniting with friends. However, this series is not for everyone and please check out this link to the trigger warnings before going into it – http://cabeswaterlovesthem.tumblr.com/post/142112202373/detailed-list-of-trigger-warnings-for-the-foxhole

The Raven King by Nora Sakavic (reread) – 4.5/5 – the second book is even better than the first and the character development is A+

The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic (reread) – 5/5 – the perfect ending to one of my favourite series. Neil Josten needs protecting at all costs!!

What did you read in April and what are your reading plans for May? Let me know in the comments below!


What I read in March…

March wrap-up time! I read 9 books this month which is considerably less than the last couple of months but Uni has been rather hectic and I got into a reading slump for a couple of weeks so I’m pretty happy with what I managed to read!

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – 3.5/5 – I was in the mood for some middle-grade and thought it was about time I checked out this series. It took me a while to get into the first book but by the end I really enjoyed it.

Opal by Maggie Stiefvater – 2/5 – this is a short story following Opal from The Raven Cycle which is one of my favourite series. I loved the moments we saw of Adam and Ronan but quite a lot of the story made me super uncomfortable which is why I gave it such a low rating.

The Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – 4/5 – this book was great and I couldn’t put it down! I’m really starting to love this series.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated edition) – 5/5 – this was, obviously, wonderful.

The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – 4/5 – still loving this series.

The Silver Mask by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – 4/5 – I didn’t love this as much as the previous two books but omg that end! I need the final book NOW!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – 3.5/5 – I’d heard very mixed reviews about this book with people either loving or hating it. I’m somewhere in the middle – I enjoyed the story but there was way too many perspectives!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (reread) – 4.5/5 – this book makes me so emotional and it is without a doubt the best in the trilogy. I’m so excited to start my reread of The Mortal Instruments!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 4/5 – the final book in the trilogy is definitely my favourite. I cried so much and I loved how all of our characters that we’d met throughout finally came together. I highly recommend this trilogy!

I don’t have high hopes for April as I have 3 essays to write but I need to read City of Bones to keep on track with my Shadowhunters reread and I’d really like to read Restore Me (when it finally gets delivered!). What are you planning to read in April? Let me know in the comments!

What I read in February…

February is the shortest month of the year yet I managed to read 15 books and I enjoyed them all! I reread a couple of old favourites and a few new(ish) releases. I’ve been slacking on blogging this month so I don’t have any full reviews for the books I read but I promise to get better for next month!

Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish – 4/5 – I read a book by Avon Gale at the end of last year and really enjoyed it and I saw a lot of people talking about this book and decided to give it a go. It’s a m/m NA romance that’s super fluffy and cheesy but also quite emotional which I really liked.

Until It Fades by K. A. Tucker – 3/5 – I saw someone post a picture of this book on Bookstagram and the cover was gorgeous so I decided to get it on my Kindle. Unfortunately I didn’t love it – it was enjoyable but nothing in the story stood out making it an average read.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – 4.5/5 – I adored this book from start to finish and I highly recommend that everyone reads it! It follows two boys who fall in love during a writing class in a Mormon town where being gay is rather taboo. This story was beautifully written and our two boys, Tanner and Sebastian, are so wonderful.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – 3.5/5 – another book that I’d heard a lot of wonderful things about but it just didn’t hit the mark for me. It was an enjoyable read but rather average for me.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (reread) – 4/5 – I’m rereading all of Cassandra Clare’s books this year and I’ve found myself quite disappointed with my reread of The Infernal Devices. I adored this trilogy the first time I read it but the two books I’ve reread so far have dropped down a star in my rating. I can’t quite put my finger on what I’m not enjoying as much this time round but I hope the final book in the trilogy lives up to my expectations.

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell – 4/5 – this is a diary/memoir of a bookseller in Scotland that my Aunt bought for Christmas because we once visited his shop on a family holiday. This was a really funny and honest account of running a bookshop and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – 3.5/5 – this is such an important book about religion, family, terrorism, friendship and love and I really wanted to love it. I thought the look at terrorism was so incredibly written but the love story really let this book down for me. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the main character but I still think this is a must read for everyone!

Just One of the Boys by Leah Rooper – 3.5/5 – I’m such a huge fan of hockey romance stories so I was really interested in a story about a girl playing hockey. This was a really fun and lighthearted YA story.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – 4/5 – it took me a while to get into this book but once I was in I was hooked! I loved the art doodles that were spread throughout and I thought the story was really unique. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance but I still really enjoyed this book.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling – 5/5 – this was incredible. The art is so beautiful and it adds another dynamic to the story that made rereading feel like I was reading for the first time. I can’t wait to read the other illustrated editions!

Fence #4 by C. S. Pacat – 4/5 – I’m loving this graphic novel and I can’t wait to have a physical copy of the first volume!

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4/5 – this book is beautiful and sad and I wanted to wrap Henry up and keep him safe. I was in a bit of a reading slump when I read this and I think if I read it again I would give it a 5/5. This was a really unique story about humanity and friendship and love and I adored it.

I then reread the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi in anticipation of Restore Me being released. I read this trilogy for the first time in January 2017 and I adored it! This time round I gave all 3 books a 4/5 because I found Juliette to be really irritating this time round. Ignite Me is still my favourite of the books and I can’t wait to read Restore Me!

What did you read in February and what are you planning to read in March? Let me know in the comments!

What I read in January…

I can’t believe we’re already a month into 2018! January has been full of up and downs for me; I received most of my first semester university grades back and I was really pleased with all of them but unfortunately I had quite a bad mental health month which means I found myself in a bit of a reading slump towards the end of the month. However I still managed to read 12 books which I’m very pleased about!

*The Fandom by Anna Day – 4/5 – this is new release and one I was highly anticipating which is why I chose it as my first read of 2018. I really enjoyed it and I have a spoiler-free review on my blog if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts.

Release by Patrick Ness – 4/5 – this book follows two different stories; one I adored wholeheartedly and the other which I found rather unnecessary. If the book just followed Adam’s story without the strange fantasy side story I would not have hesitated to give this book 5/5 because it was one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – 4.5/5 – I couldn’t wait to dive into the Heroes of Olympus series after rereading Percy Jackson a few months ago. I loved the new characters we were introduced to and the plot was as tense yet hilarious as I expected.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (reread) – 4/5 – I made the decision towards the end of last year that I was going to reread all The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices in anticipation of A Queen of Air and Darkness being released in December. I haven’t read this trilogy since my first read in (I think) 2015 but I really enjoyed it, despite finding myself loving Jem more than Will this second time around.

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan – 4/5 – there was more perspectives in this second instalment which was a little difficult to follow but this book was still enjoyable and everything you would expect from a Rick Riordan book.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – 3/5 – this book really disappointed me. I didn’t like any of the characters and I found the plot to only be mildly interesting. The cliffhanger ending bumped this up to a 3/5 but I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel.

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – 4/5 – the adventure continued and I fell more in love with our characters.

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan – 4/5 – this book really showed the strength and determination of our characters.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan – 4.5/5 – the final instalment and my love for the sweet Nico di Angelo grew and grew. I loved this conclusion and I can’t to wait Riordan’s other series.

Fence #3 by C. S. Pacat – 4/5 – after reading The Blood of Olympus I was in a bit of a reading slump so the next instalment of Fence was the perfect pick-me-up. I’m loving this graphic novel and I can’t to have a physical copy of the finished volume.

Spinning by Tillie Walden – 3.5/5 – this is the first physical graphic novel I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. The art was beautiful and the story was gripping (it’s a graphic memoir!) though I felt some important aspects were brushed over.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman (reread) – 4.5/5 – I decided to reread a favourite of mine to really get myself out of a reading slump and it did the trick. I love this book and it’s characters and I highly recommend reading it, and all of Alice Oseman’s works!

Those are all the books I read in January! What was the best book you read in January and what are you planning on reading in February? Let me know in the comments!

The Fandom by Anna Day

Rating – 4/5

“Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con. They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and dear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands…”

This is a new release and one I was extremely excited to read after seeing lots of people receiving arcs earlier in 2017. The book only released this month but I know it is going to get more and more hype as the year goes on.

Getting sent to the world of our favourite book is every bookworm’s dream and this story explores the downsides to what we all would assume is the perfect occurrence. Our four characters have to fully immerse themselves into the world which means poor hygiene, gross food and nearly getting killed at every turn. They also have to try and keep the story on plot in order to get home which isn’t easy when the story is pushing against you.

I really enjoyed reading from Violet’s perspective as she battled with wanting to get home but wanting to do the right thing for the characters in the world. We watch Violet struggle to keep to the plot as she learns horrifying truths about the world of the book she loves and I enjoyed experiencing the journey alongside her and questioning what I would do in the same situation. I adored Nate’s character and I loved Katie and I experienced the ups and downs of Violet’s friendship with Alice alongside her.

My favourite part of this story was something we learn at the end which I won’t spoil for anyone but it questions the strength of the reader and explores how our four heroes came to be part of the story they love. It was a really interesting aspect and made the story less predictable.

I highly recommend picking this book up no matter what genre of book you read as this story has something for everyone.

What I read in December…

I had an incredible reading month in December which means I managed to surpass my Goodreads goal by a number of books. I read a mix of YA and NA and I enjoyed the majority of the books I read. I have spoiler-free reviews for books marked with an asterisk.

*Vendetta by Catherine Doyle – 4/5 – I have a spoiler-free review of the whole trilogy on my blog but this was a really great start and I enjoyed it a lot.

*Inferno by Catherine Doyle – 4/5 – I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one but it was still a great book.

*Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle – 4.5/5 – my favourite in the trilogy and the perfect ending.

The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – 3/5 – a unique fantasy story that I enjoyed but didn’t love.

Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant – 3/5 – definitely not my favourite Austin Chant book but I still enjoyed it.

Off The Ice by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn – 4/5 – this is the first New Adult book I’ve read in a long time and I loved it. I can’t wait to read more in this series.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy – 4/5 – this is such a fun NA book with a hidden depth. I loved the characters and I know it’s a book I will reread again and again.

*The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz – 5/5 – I can’t put into words how much I loved this book and I highly recommend it

Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy – 4/5 – I loved this book so much and the characters were wonderful.

Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy – 3.5/5 – the sequel to Him which I didn’t enjoy as  much but I still liked. I loved the progression of Wes and Jamie’s relationship.

The Next Together by Lauren James – 3.5/5 – I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while and I’m so glad I got round to it. I loved the format with the different time zones and it was a really unique story.

Another Together by Lauren James – 3/5 – the novella to The Next Together which I enjoyed but wasn’t anything special.

The Last Beginning by Lauren James – 3.5/5 – the sequel to The Next Together which I didn’t enjoy as much. I liked how the stories linked and the ending was really sweet.

Another Beginning by Lauren James – 2.5/5 – the novella to The Last Beginning that I unfortunately didn’t like all that much.

Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy – 3.5/5 – the spinoff to Him. I loved what we saw of Wes and Jamie but I didn’t really like Blake’s character which let the story down a little.

A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn – 3/5 – I didn’t like this story until quite near the end but it was still an enjoyable read.

Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon – 3/5 – a Christmas novella that fell a little flat for me.

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy – 4/5 – the spinoff / sequel to The Deal. I loved Logan’s character and I really enjoyed the story.

The Score by Elle Kennedy – 3.5/5 – I didn’t enjoy this book as much as The Deal and The Mistake because I didn’t like Dean’s character.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – 4/5 – this book is so important and I’m very glad I finally picked it up. The only reason this didn’t get 5/5 is because of how slow-paced it was but I thought the ending was beautiful.

The Goal by Elle Kennedy – 3.5/5 – I love Tucker and Sabrina but I wish we saw more of them with the baby as I found the beginning quite slow due to the storyline repeating itself a bit to introduce their relationship.

Fence #2 by C. S. Pacat – 4/5 – I’m loving this graphic novel even though reading it on my Kindle is rather difficult.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – 5/5 – this is my third time reading this book and I love it even more every time.

2017 Wrap-Up

So 2017 has come to an end and I’ve had a really great year for reading. My Goodreads goal was 100 books and I’ve managed to read 127 books which I’m so happy about! I’ve read a range of genres and given an even wider range of ratings to the books I’ve read so I’m here to share with you my ‘Top 17 of 2017″ and my most disappointing reads of 2017. Up first…

My Top 17 of 2017 (in order of when I read them)

  1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  3. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  7. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  8. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
  9. This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab
  10. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  11. Vicious by V. E. Schwab
  12. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  13. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
  14. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  15. It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
  16. Making Faces by Amy Harmon
  17. The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

and now for…

My Most Disappointing Reads of 2017

I DNF’d three books this year; Heartless by Marissa Meyer, If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern and The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury.

Heartless was such a hyped book and I think I set my expectations a little too high. I didn’t like the characters, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style and the story was not at all what I was expecting.

If You Could See Me Now was just a really strange story and I couldn’t find myself getting into it. I had so many other books on my shelf to read that I decided not to waste my time finishing it.

The Sleeping Prince is my most recent DNF and it is no fault of the books. I read the first book in the trilogy, The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, on my commute to University during the last week of term and enjoyed it (I gave it a 3/5). However, since finishing for Christmas I’ve been powering through the books on my shelf so that I’m ready to read the new books I get for Christmas and as a result I stopped reading The Sleeping Prince (which is on my Kindle) around 70 pages in, lost interest in the story and couldn’t get into it when I tried to pick it back up. I will eventually come back to finishing this trilogy but for now I’m taking a break.

A book I finished but really didn’t enjoy is One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus. There’s lots of mixed reviews about this book but I’m firmly on the side that didn’t enjoy it. The story didn’t grip me, I didn’t like the mental health representation and the characters were very annoying. This book was not for me.

Finally, Call Me By Your Name was quite a disappointing read for me. I still enjoyed it (I gave it 3.5/5) but it was not at all what I was expecting and I was a bit let down with the story I read.

Goals for 2018

My reading goal for 2018 is to read as many books as I can. I’m probably going to set my Goodreads goal at 100 again and we’ll see how things go. I’m planning to read lots more New Adult books as I’ve read quite a few this month and I love how quick and easy they are to read. I’m also going to try and read some more fantasy books as it is not a genre I tend to reach for. I’ve really enjoyed rereading the Percy Jackson series after so long so I’m going to continue reading Rick Riordan’s books and maybe even some more middle-grade if I can find a series that interests me.

If you have any recommendations for New Adult, YA fantasy or middle-grade books, please leave them in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you all in 2018!