Recommendations · Reviews

Cinder by Marissa Meyer // Review

 Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: 3rd January 2012

Cinder is Marissa Meyer’s debut novel, and is a wonderful retelling of the traditional fairytale, Cinderella.

The story takes place in futuristic New Beijing and follows Cinder, a mechanic and cyborg who is treated awfully by her stepmother and stepsister. It’s such a unique retelling and I loved it.

I love retellings anyway, I love how authors take old traditional stories that have been told all across the world and make them their own in ways that no one has ever thought of before and this is exactly that.

Marissa Meyer is so genius at how she tells the story that it constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat and truly makes you want to read the book right up until the point of finishing it. I loved the characters of Cinder and Prince Kai and how they interacted together. Cinder was created in such a way that I really felt for her character and went on the emotional trip that she did as she figured out certain thing about her life!

The creation and development of Lunar Queen Levana is also so brilliant. You really learn to hate her and she’s written in such a way that you can tell exactly what the author wanted to get out of that, and it works brilliantly. Especially when you compare Cinder’s kind heart and Levana’s hate-filled one, the contrast works so well.

I also really loved the introduction of the disease, letumosis, because it added a different element and really made the situation that Cinder is in hit home. It also helped to explain a lot of Prince Kai’s actions and I just thought it was so cleverly linked into the story that it worked well with every other aspect of the novel.

This book was nothing like I expected, and it completely exceeded everything I was hoping for! I loved it’s uniqueness, the characters and the writing style. Marissa Meyer really outdid herself. I can’t wait to read the rest of the Lunar Chronicles now, I hope they’re just as good because I really couldn’t put this book down!

I loved it that much that I’m going to try to get the next book, Scarlet, this week because I can’t wait!

What did you think of this book? Leave a comment with your thoughts!


Meggan x

Book Tags

Hamilton Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I didn’t get tagged to do this but I am OBSESSED with Hamilton. It has taken over my life for months now and the obsession doesn’t seem to be getting any less, I just keep spending more and more of my life thinking about it. So I just had to do this tag!

This tag was created by Maureen Keavy on her YouTube channel, so make sure to give love to her!


“I wanna be in the room where it happened, the room where it happened”

A Court of Mist and Fury

I would definitely choose ACOMAF for this one because I love the idea of Prythian! I mean don’t get me wrong it sounds super dangerous and I’m nowhere near as badass as Feyre so knowing me I’d probably get caught up in drama or something but just seeing everything there and the courts would be amazing! Especially the Night Court because it honestly sounds beautiful and I love nighttime so it would be perfect! Also Rhys would be there so….


“You want a revolution, I want a revelation. So listen to my declaration”

Liesel Meminger – The Book Thief

I love The Book Thief so much and right from the start Liesel stood out to me. She’s such a young girl and is surrounded by so much horror and a world that is running on fear but it never affects her or changes her. She’s still a bookworm, she still loves her family and still stands up for what she believes in no matter what and that’s something I loved about her! She really is underrated!


“I am not throwing away my shot”

Georgia Mason – Feed

I recently finished Feed and Georgia is such a boss! She has to deal with so much in the book, she deals with loss, with anger, sadness and fear yet through it all still manages to direct a news team to get the best stories and become the top journalist of her time. She really is an unstoppable force and even at the end of the novel, she still continues to get her message out! She really is such a driven character and I hope more people read this book!


“Your sentences left me defenceless, you built me palaces out of paragraphs”

Hazel Grace & Augustus Waters – TFIOS

This probably isn’t a shock to anyone because I’m sure it’s most people’s answer too, but this was one of the most heartbreaking ends I’ve ever read! *SPOILERS DON’T READ AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK*. Hazel was so unaware of what was happening and although she knew that their story wouldn’t end well it was such a shock and her reaction was devastating. I cried. A lot.


“I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love”

Moriarty – Sherlock Holmes

Okay so I’m technically basing this answer more on what the TV Moriarty is like, but I think no matter what he always has that bit of sass in him. Even in the books, Sherlock is such a hard character to deal with that I think Moriarty has to resort to even slight bits of sass just to get through. But the TV Moriarty is the sassiest villain I know and I LOVE him.


“The Reynolds Pamphlet. Have you read this?”


I could have actually put a lot of books in this category (Red Queen, Clockwork Princess and The Last Star to name a few) but decided to go with Allegiant because that was the first one where I was truly left in shock. If you’ve read Allegiant you know exactly what I’m talking about! It was the biggest shock I’ve had in a book and I’ll admit I was in denial right up until the last page! But damn was it good.


“How do you write like you’re running out of time?”

The Mortal Instruments

I actually marathoned this entire series not too long ago! They’re so good to marathon because they flow together so well and Cassandra Clare’s writing style is just perfect that you never want them to end! 6 books seems like a lot to read in one go but with her writing I wish there was more!


“You strike me, as a woman who has never been satisifed. I’m sure I don’t know what you mean you forget yourself.”

The 5th Wave

I loved this book and I rarely read multiple POV books, but this one worked so well! The change in narrator was a nice change and allowed you to get all different aspects of the story! This was particularly good because so many characters are in different places so it helps to keep up to date with what they’re doing!


“But when you’re gone, who remembers your name? Who keeps your flame? Who tells your story?”

A Song of Ice and Fire

I was going to say Harry Potter for this but I feel like they obviously will always be remembered. I’ve read the first 3 books of A Song of Ice and Fire and they were so amazing. I feel like these linked with the TV show of Game of Thrones will definitely be remembered in history! They’re so iconic and I know basically everyone knows of them!


“Stay alive ’til this horror show is past. We’re gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast.”

Sirius Black

There are SO MANY characters I could have chosen for this (L from Death Note was a close second) but I remember shouting at my mum when Sirius died. I ran in and was devastated because he was my favourite (and still is), and how he died was just rude. It was one of the first times I’d experienced a character death and it didn’t get easier at all.



“Look into your eyes and the skys the limit, I’m helpless!”

Jem & Tessa

When I say right from the start here I literally mean it. From the moment she first saw Jem I knew that they were end goal for me, they’re both so adorable and Jem! He deserves the world and she was his world and omg they needed to be together. Even with Will in the mix, James Carstairs and Tessa Gray was where my heart lied.


“Look ’em in the eye, aim no higher. Summon all the courage you require. Then count..”

Aelin vs the Valg in Heir of Fire


I LOVED this scene so much! This is where Aelin really shows off her true strength and surprises not only the Valg Princes but also herself and Rowan at just how badass she is. This is still one of the most prominent scenes to me because she just acts like a queen by fighting right until the end and she never gives up! The valg are such a great enemy and I think they way this was written was so great I was on the edge of my seat!


“Lord, show me how to say no to this. I don’t know how to say no to this”


Twilight was one of the first books I ever truly fell in love with (I may or may not have read them literally over 50 times…) and they’ll always hold a special place in my heart! I know that some people don’t like them or they’re seen as cringy now but I will always love them!


“Do you have a clue what happens now?”

The Infernal Devices

I LOVED this series so much. I want so many more books not because it ended bad or anything or left anything out. But literally because I just can’t get enough of reading about Tessa, Will and Jem! This trilogy was so perfect that I wouldn’t even mind if it was like 67593 books longer.


“We gotta make an all out stand. Ayo, I’m gonna need a right hand man”

Jem & Will – The Infernal Devices

These two. Where do I even begin with these two, they are literally just the ideal friendship. I mean they love the same woman and it just makes their friendship stronger. They are literally the best of friends and I just love them both so so so much.


“I travelled the wide, wide world and came back to this”

The Lunar Chronicles

I’ve actually only just started Cinder and it’s already so good! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get around to them, I’ve heard so many great things and I love it! It took a while but I’m finally here!

That’s it for the tag! Yes, I did sing each song as I read the title, I had to! I put way more effort into this than I was expecting but hey, Hamilton deserves it!

I tag anyone who reads this and fancies doing it!

What’s your favourite Hamilton song? Have you done this tag? Leave a comment if you have, I’d love to read them!

I hope you liked my answers, I had so much fun doing it!


Meggan x

Recommendations · Weekly Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday – Auto Buy Authors!

Hi everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created over on The Broke and the Bookish!

So this week it’s a freebie week, so I decided to choose my Top Ten Auto Buy Authors!

1. Sarah J. Maas
Okay so anyone who has even looked at the title and contents of most of my posts will probably realise how much I love this woman. I mean to be honest most of the people who ask me about books will know my love for her because I CANNOT stop talking about her books! Literally as soon as I see she’s releasing a book it goes on preorder because I can’t get enough of how amazing her writing is! For more reasons why I love her, have a look at my previous Top Ten Tuesday post!

2. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight was one of the first series of books I can really remember taking over my life and just allowing myself to completely be immersed in the world Stephanie created so no matter what she will always hold a part of my heart. I’ve also read The Host by Stephanie Meyer and I LOVED it, I’ve reread it so many times. I love her writing style and she holds such nostalgia for me that I will always buy her books! I love Twilight Reimagined, and I hope to read more by her!

3. Cassandra ClareThe Infernal Devices is probably my favourite trilogy, I couldn’t get enough of it. I was the same when The Mortal Instruments were released, and now that the rest of her books are being released for the Shadowhunter Chronicles, she has to be on my auto-buy list because she just creates such wonderful worlds that I definitely want to live in and just read over and over again.

4. Annabel Pitcher – The first book of hers I read was Ketchup Clouds because I just liked the sound of it when I went to the bookshop, and I loved it that much that everytime she releases a book I have to buy it. When Silence is Goldfish was released I instantly put it in my basket and bought it there and then! She’s such an underrated author and really deserves more publicity because she’s amazing!

5. Stephen King – I guess this is pretty obvious since I’ve read so many of his books recently, that and he’s probably one of the most loved authors in the world! His books are the perfect balance of thrilling, horror, exciting and wonderful that I just can’t help but buy his books. They also have the best covers and I just love his books. My goal is to collect them all!

6. Patrick NessThe Chaos Walking series had one of the best book endings I think I’ve ever read and A Monster Calls was one the most beautiful and heartbreaking book on my shelf, so now whenever I see another of his books I have to pick it up. I’m still to read his other books but safe to say they’re on my shelf ready to be read!

7. Rainbow Rowell – As soon as I saw Carry On was released I bought it instantly without even checking what it was about! She will always be one of my favourites, and even the World Book Day short story Kindred Spirits was amazing too!

8. Cat Clarke – I’ve read all of Cat’s books apart from Lost and Found (which is on my shelf though!) and she is definitely an auto buy author. Her books are brilliant and I read them all in one go because I just never want to put them down!

9. Markus Zusak – Since The Book Thief is my favourite ever standalone book, it’s only right to have him on my auto buy authors list! I have The Messenger but haven’t got around to reading it yet but it’s safe to say I’m extremely excited!

10. Tess Gerritsen – I first read the Rizzoli & Isles series after watching the TV series based on them and I loved them. They were one of the first sets of books that started out my love for thriller and crime books and ever since then she’s been on auto buy!

Who are your auto buy authors? Leave a comment with your Top Ten Tuesdays!


Meggan x

Weekly Book Memes

The Sunday Post!

Hi everyone!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Sunday Post

This week has been a different week than usual, I saw Me Before You for the 3rd time (yes, I am literally obsessed), saw a couple of my friends and my gorgeous 1 week old niece! It’s been a lovely week but because I’ve been so busy I haven’t uploaded a lot posts so I do apologise!

Posts last week:

Not a bad week uploading to say I’ve been pretty busy! I uploaded:

Next weeks posts:

  • Review: Feed by Mira Grant
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • June Wrap Up
  • Thursday Quotables
  • June Book Haul
  • July TBR

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Recommendations · Reviews

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig // Review

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: 31st December 2015

Reasons to Stay Alive is all about how best to make the most of your life no matter what you go through.

The author, Matt Haig talks about his battle with depression and anxiety, whilst also including tips on how he finally beat the ‘black dog’ and gained a new perspective on life.

I was bought this by my best friend as I had just recently been diagnosed with depression myself, so she bought me this in hopes that I could find strength from his words and hoped it would help me in my own battle.

I can honestly say that it was one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Matt Haig tells his story with such rawness, that it really is something so relatable. I frequently found myself nodding at something he had written and I even bought post it notes so I could tag all the quotes I loved.

Continue reading “Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig // Review”

Weekly Book Memes

Thursday Quotables!

Hi everyone!

Thursday Quotables is a weekly book meme hosted at Bookshelf Fantasies!


To play along just post a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written!

My Quote:

“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

This quote is from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and is my favourite standalone book. I love how it’s written, and the way it mixes both fiction and history together. Also it’s about a young girls love for books, which I definitely relate to, maybe just not in the same situation haha!

I am also a journalism student so I definitely relate to this quote on that level too! Sometimes I love words, sometimes I hate them but overall I just want to write the truth and do good by it, which is another reason why this quote means so much!

I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it already!

Leave a comment with your Thursday Quotables! I’d love to read them!

What did you think of this book and the quote I chose?


Meggan x

Anticipated Releases · Weekly Book Memes

Waiting on Wednesday!

Hi everyone!

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted on Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My choice this week:

Title: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis: The long path to the throne has just begun for Aelin Galathynius. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Release Date: September 6th 2016

 I AM SO SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK. I’m literally the most excited for this book to be released than any other book this year. I LOVE Sarah’s books, and the Throne of Glass series is one of my favourite series of all time, so I am so excited to see what direction the story takes in this book because Queen of Shadows was amazing! Roll on 6th September!!

Leave a comment with your Waiting on Wednesdays! What books are you excited for?


Meggan x

Book Tags · Recommendations

#IBW2016 Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

If you haven’t heard of them, Books Are My Bag are a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops, in particular our local bookshops!

To help celebrate International Booksellers Week, they have created the #IBW2016 tag, that anyone can answer on their blogs,YouTube channels or other social media! Here’s my entry to the tag:

1. What book(s) are currently in your bag?

I’m currently reading a book called Feed by Mira Grant, and it’s constantly with me wherever I go! It’s about how blogging becomes the new media source of information during a zombie apocalypse! It’s so interesting.

2. What’s the last great book you read?

I’ve talked about it so much recently but it has to be A Court of Mist and Fury! I LOVED this book so much, it was just so good and everything I’ve ever wanted in a book and more. Feel free to read my spoiler free thoughts on it here!

3. What book have you gifted the most?

I only really have one friend who reads like I do, so I’ve never really gifted a book that much to people. However if I could gift one book then it’d definitely be The Martian, it’s so interesting and informative! I think it’s good for all types of reader.

4. What’s your favourite independent bookshop?

I don’t really have that many independent book shops around me, but I love the local charity shops! They have some really great books at great prices, and you get to do your bit for charity too! Win win!

5. What’s been your favourite book recommended by a bookseller (or fellow Booktuber)?

I bought I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes from a shop, and the seller highly recommended it and told me as I was buying it that it was a great choice because she loved it, and she wasn’t wrong!

6. What’s your favourite bookshop memory?

One of my favourite bookshop memories is spending about 3 hours in a bookshop with my fiance, just sat looking at different baking and cooking books! We sat for ages looking through them at all the nice food and deciding which book to buy!

7. What do bookshops mean to you? What do you love about them?

Bookshops are my all time favourite places. There’s nothing better than walking into a bookshop and just having the nice smell of new books all around you! I love how the booksellers are always so nice, always happy to give recommendations and also the people in there are so friendly too. I just love the atmosphere and seeing all the lovely books around me. Books mean the world to me and get me through a lot, and there’s no better way to appreciate that than by going to a bookshop.

8. What are the books that made you? Which books have most affected or influenced you?

I have to say that A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is one of the main books that affected me when I read it. It’s such a beautiful story and made me cry on the train home! I love the writing of it and it’s just so beautiful. Another book that influenced me is Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. It’s so insightful and I can relate to so many aspects of it, I love how he’s written the truth so raw. It really is inspiring and a true testament to how mental health doesn’t have to run your life, and gives hope to help those with mental health issues to get better.

9. What book do you recommend readers gift for Father’s Day?

I have a lot of history books and I know my dad loves history so I’d recommend World War I: The Definitive Visual History. It has so much information on everything throughout the war, if your dad is a fan of reading about the war and history this is definitely great! If not then definitely any Stephen King book! He’s a great author so any would be greatly appreciated I’m sure!

10. What book is currently at the top of your TBR pile?

 I’m really excited to start reading Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige! It sounds so interesting and from the first line I was captured! I can’t wait to read it!

That’s my #IBW2016 tag! I tag anyone else who wants to do it!

Leave a comment with your tags, I’d love to read them!


Meggan x


June Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I got some great book deals this month!

2016-06-12 15.08.27Title:  Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan

I got this in a 3 for £5 deal at The Works! I checked reviews of it and it sounded really interesting and exciting so I thought for such a cheap price I might as well go for it!

Synopsis: Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing.

But what really happened that fateful afternoon?

Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust. But can the nation trust Rachel?

The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.

2016-06-12 15.08.58Title:  The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien

I also got this in a 3 for £5 deal at The Works! I love history books and fiction books set in historical times so when I saw this I instantly wanted it. The cover is also so gorgeous!

Synopsis: 1382. Daughter of John of Gaunt, sister to the future King Henry IV, Elizabeth of Lancaster has learned the shrewd tricks of the court from England’s most powerful men.

In a time of political turmoil, allegiance to family is everything. A Plantagenet princess should never defy her father’s wishes. Yet headstrong Elizabeth refuses to bow to the fate of a strategic marriage. Rejecting her duty, Elizabeth weds the charming and ruthlessly ambitious Sir John Holland: Duke of Exeter, half-brother to King Richard II and the one man she has always wanted. But defiance can come at a price.

1399. Elizabeth’s brother Henry has seized the throne. Her husband, confidant to the usurped Richard, masterminds a secret plot against the new King. Trapped in a dangerous web, Elizabeth must make a choice. Defy the King and betray her family. Or condemn her husband and send him to his death.

Sister. Wife. Traitor. She holds the fate of England in her hands.

2016-06-12 15.09.59Title: Warlock Holmes – A Study in Brimstone by G.S.Denning

This sounded absolutely brilliant. I love Sherlock Holmes and the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle so much (I have the collection on my shelf), so this parody/twist on the story is just great. The synopsis made me laugh and it’s the first time I’ve read the synopsis and bought the book without thinking. I can’t wait to read this!

Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius. Warlock Holmes is an idiot. A font of arcane power, certainly. But hes brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldnt deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart companion. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.

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Weekly Book Memes

Thursday Quotables!

Hi everyone!

Thursday Quotables is a weekly book meme hosted at Bookshelf Fantasies!


To play along just post a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written!

My Quote:

“There are good days and hard days for me – even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

This quote is from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I finished this book the other day and this quote has stuck with me all week. I think it’s such a beautiful and true quote and I’ve been having a bit of a rough time recently so I couldn’t have found it at a better time.

There are always going to be good and bad days but that doesn’t mean the bad days deserve to win, and I love how determined this quote is. Please please please read this book, you can read my spoiler free review here.

What are your Thursday Quotables? Leave a comment with your quotes, links or what you think of my quote!


Meggan x