Weekly Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Surprised Me!

Hi everyone!

I’m back again with a new Top Ten Tuesday! ! TTT has actually moved from The Broke and the Bookish now and is actually over at That Artsy Reader Girl so go and check out everyone’s posts over there!

Today’s TTT is focused on books that surprised me in either a good or a bad way, and I can’t wait to talk about them! Let’s go!divider-2461548_1280

The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

This book surprised me in the best possible way, I never expected to love it as much as I did! It was so emotional, powerful, and just completely wonderful overall – it was my favourite surprise read of 2017!

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Weekly Book Memes

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but I thought now was the time to start! This weekly meme was started over at The Broke and the Bookish, so make sure to check out their page!

This weeks TTT post is about the best books that you’ve read this year so far! I have read SO many good books this year, that it might be hard for me to keep it to 10! In no order though, here are my Top 10 Books:

  1. Illuminae (& Gemina) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman 

    Okay so yes I MAY be cheating here by including both the first and second books in the Illuminae Files series as one point…but they’re both so good! I read these at the start of the year and was hooked from the start, they definitely hold the title of favourite books of this year so far! Find my review for Illuminae here, and my Gemina review here!

  2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

    THIS SERIES. This series has become my entire life recently, and yes I know when it says ‘Top 10 books’, there shouldn’t be one point including FOUR books, but hey, sometimes you just got to, okay? This series was amazing from the first book and did nothing but make me fall further and further in love wit it as the series went on. PLEASE can everyone read this series, okay? Cool. Read my review of the first book in the series, The Raven Boys, here!

  3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

    I have been desperate to read this book, and this year was finally the time to read it, and it didn’t even slightly disappoint! The action, the characters, the world it’s set in. My heart just couldn’t take it all, and still can’t. It was amazing, and I want to relive it all over again. If I wasn’t still crying over it…oh my life.

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Recommendations · Reviews

Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman // Review

Title: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 20th October 2016

The perfect sequel to Illuminae, this book is a prime example of just how to continue a series. Twists, turns and surprises keep you gripped from the first page until you manage to put the book down.

This series is absolutely phenomenal. For anyone who missed my review of Illuminae you can find it here and I advise you to read that before coming back here! This may be a long review and I’m sorry but trust me – it’s worth it!

I didn’t think that you could get any better than Illuminae but then I read this book in two days and was in awe of how Jay and Amie can write such a masterpiece.

The book takes place on the Heimdall, the jump station mentioned in Illuminae. I was unsure about being introduced to new characters having fallen in love with the ones from the previous book, but boy was I wrong. The new characters in this book are just as amazing as Illuminae. Each character has such a brilliant purpose and brings something so unique to the story that it takes it to the next level.

Not only are the characters brilliantly written and folded into the story, but there are so many subtle links to Illuminae and the characters within that book, I loved it. It made the books feel even more connected and was one of the best ways to introduce and create a sequel.

The twists and turns throughout the book keep you right on the edge of your seat, and constantly guessing at what is going to happen next, which was something I loved so much about the first book. I also loved once again how the story was told. There are the familiar IM’s and data resources as used in Illuminae but there are also new ones in this book! Just when you think a uniquely written book can’t get anymore unique – Gemina comes along and raises the bar.

Ella was a wonderful new addition to the character list, and I loved how she represented the disabled community in such a positive light as Nik and Hanna wouldn’t have been able to complete half of what they did without her. She was the brains of the story and it was a brilliant representation of the disabled community.

The central characters, Hanna and Nik were so different from Kady and Ezra and I loved that. It was so cleverly written to keep their personalities so separate but also so similar in the way of you could tell they had grown up around the same things and the same people, but it didn’t feel like a rewrite of the first book. Hanna is so headstrong and brave and I admired how her character developed and got on with situation after situation – she is an amazing female heroine.

The ending stood out to me because it was the perfect way to explain everything that had happened prior to that point and also the most genius way of linking the two books together. I was in awe at how beautifully written it was and how much talent both Jay and Amie have to have created such a wonderfully intricate story.

Once again the romance is back story to the overall life or death situation, and compared to a lot of YA books this is beautifully done. The villains made you question every turn they made and kept you on edge worrying for Hanna and Nik at just the right time. It was brilliant.

This book is one of, if not the best, sequel I have ever read. I loved how both books linked so well, and how this book was so different to Illuminae but in the best way. The chance to explore more of what was discussed prior to this book was such a stand out moment, and I am in awe of just how clever Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are to create two books that have become my obsession so quickly.

I am in desperate need for the third book!

Illuminae and Gemina are both out now at all major outlets!


Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman // Review

Title: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 22nd October 2015

One of the most unique books of it’s genre, and a truly captivating read that keeps you wanting more and more – even well after the book has ended.

I’d heard amazing things about this book, but it stayed on my shelf for months until I recently thought I’d give it a go. Little did I know I’d actually been missing out on one of the best books I’ve read.

This is already my favourite read of 2017 so far. It was everything you’d ever want in a dystopian Sci-Fi book and more. I first off was extremely wary when reading it as the story is told through files, IM’s, diary entries and similar things. I’ve read a couple of books that include these things but never an ENTIRE novel about it so I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The amount of detail in every single page was astounding. Jay and Amie did the most perfect job because it took reading to a whole new level. There were blood splatters, different fonts, diagrams, it was beautiful. Every page I turned I didn’t just skim through the words but I felt myself analysing every part of the page in case I missed anything. It was such a stunning way of creating a book.

The two main characters, Ezra and Kady were also incredibly written. They had their aspects of romance but not once did it take the main story, and if anything was barely more than a whisper across ships. I loved this because it felt so much more real, I could get immersed in the story and put myself in either of their shoes and it felt real. It was exactly what I imagined the love between a newly broken up couple would be like during one of the scariest times of their lives. It was beautifully written and their developing relationship kept the story so centred.

I also particularly loved the development of not only physical characters but of AIDAN and how he becomes a part of the overall story. It must be so hard to develop a non-physical character but Jay and Amie hit the nail right on the head with AIDAN. I even started to feel sympathy for him!

There wasn’t a single part in the book that felt out of place or unnecessary and I loved how by the end of the novel everything that had been hinted at or started to be explained was completely tied up. I was left with such happiness and love for the writing style I couldn’t help but instantly go get the sequel.

It’s so rare to have a book that has amazing character development as well as amazing world building but this book has it all. No matter what you’re looking for, I can guarantee you’ll probably find it in this book, it was outstanding. Jay and Amie are a writing match made in heaven, and I hope they continue writing books together forever because if Illuminae was anything to go by, the world isn’t even slightly ready for what they have in store for us!

Illuminae and it’s sequel, Gemina, are both out now in all major bookstores and online outlets! Please read this book – you won’t regret it!

Monthly Wrap Ups

February Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I swear I start every single blog post exactly the same but I am so sorry for taking so long to post again! The amount of stuff I’ve had to do is insane, I’ve been slacking and I’m sorry!

I did make a new YouTube video finally though with my January Book Haul, which you can see if you follow this link! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1UG2dB_YWE&t=1s!

Anyway here we are for my February Wrap Up! I actually can’t believe that I’m already writing this, this year is already going so quick! The start of this month didn’t start out well for my reading life, I got so caught up in a lot of things that it took me forever to get through books even though they were so good! However then as the month carried on, I had more time to read and I managed to read 5 books! Here they are:

Title: An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I got this book for Christmas and it is gorgeous. The illustrations by Cassandra Jean are breathtaking. I love the fact that we get to finally see what each character in the series’ so far are pictured to look like (to compare with our own images of them!), and the little bit of information about them is so nice too! I also loved how we get to meet characters that haven’t been introduced yet – it’s all so exciting! Also Jem is in there and he looks as beautiful as I imagined him to!

itle: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Rating: ★★★

Review: NetGalley were kind enough to grant my request for this book, so I got a free e-copy of it to read. I had high hopes for this book when I started it, and for the first half of the book I was completely hooked. However then I felt it just missed something, it didn’t keep me as interested anymore and I felt more like I was reading through it because I wanted to move onto something else than I was because I actually wanted to read it. I did like the idea of the book, and as I said I think the first half of the book was brilliant and I loved how I was constantly guessing. I just think that the second half and the ending wasn’t what I hoped for and didn’t live up to the start.

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August Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I’m sorry this is so late!!! I forgot to post it haha!!! Anyway:

How is it already the end of August?? Where is 2016 going? So this month was a successful book buying month because I got SO MANY bargains! I love bargain book buying and let me tell you, this month was the best. Here are the books I bought in August:

Charity Shop Book Haul
I had a couple of trips to the local charity shops this month and got some amazing and beautiful books in perfect condition for super cheap, always the best!

 John Dies at the End by David Wong

I saw this book at the charity shop and it sounded so intruiging! I loved how it sounded and how the synopsis pulled me in so I was super excited to see it for cheap!

Synopsis: My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrock, about the invasion, and the future. But it is too late. You touched the book. You are in the game. You are under the eye. The only defence is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part about the bratwurst. Why? You will just have to trust me. Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we will have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherwordly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity. I m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: NONE OF THIS IS MY FAULT.


Title: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I LOVE classic books so much and it’s my goal to basically collect all of the great ones and read them. So you can imagine my happiness when I saw this beautiful edition for £1 in the charity shop! £1 for a perfect classic! I can’t get over how beautiful it is.

Synopsis: Great Expectations traces the growth of the book’s narrator, Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character. From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dickens’ most memorable characters.

Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Haversham and her beautiful ward Estella, Pip’s good-hearted room-mate Herbert Pocket and the pompous Pumblechook.

As Pip unravels the truth behind his own ‘great expectations’ in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him towards maturity and his most important discovery of all – the truth about himself.


Title: Jane Austen Collection by Jane Austen

Another £1 classic in a gorgeous edition! I still need to read a book by Jane Austen, so I really loved this collection so I can finally read her books!

Synopsis: This collection includes: Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Mansfield Park.

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