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  • Review - Heartstopper (Volumes 1 - 3) by Alice Oseman | Possible Spoilers!

    What can I say about this series (so far) but oh, my heart. I've not managed to read many graphic novels before but these ones seemed to have all the hype so I decided to give them a chance and boy, was I glad I did. Text wise, there is very little of it, which goes to show that if you can pull emotions from your readers with just your illustrations, then you're bloody good at what you do. Heartstopper follows Charlie and Nick, two highschool boys, Nick in 11th grade, Charlie in 10th. Charlie…

  • Review - Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | Slight Spoilers!

    *4.5 stars* I FINALLY got around to reading this puppy after having it sit on my TBR for ages and I was happily not disappointed! SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!! I love a good historical fiction, and with the mix in of the Ripper mystery, it was right up my alley. Audrey Rose was a great strong character but not the whole 'modern feminist stuck in the 1800s' that you so often read in YA historical fiction. Thomas was a cheeky bugger and definitely the Sherlock character of the duo, though I did like tha…

  • Review - The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper | Spoilers!

    Thank you to Bloomsbury YA for sending me an ARC of this book! This was such a cute read - I loved the LGBTQ representation, the writing style was easy and quick to read, and the subject matter of the story wasn't too heavy (which, if you know me, is not my thing. Give me light and fluffy escapism any day). Spoilers! The main character, Cal, was relatable, even if he was a bit of a hipster influencer from New York. It was interesting to see the effect his social media presence had on him,…

  • Review - The Crowning by Nattie Kate Mason | Spoiler-free

    Hmm, not sure how to go about this one. Let's go good points/bad points, shall we? First of all, good points... The world building was good, as was the magic system. The idea that magic has a price was what brought the tension, and I liked that people had different types of magical skills. I liked the idea of the potential heirs competing for the crown rather than the usual first-born, first-in-line, and I was looking forward to how that played out. Not-so-great points... The narrative felt …

  • Review - Tweet Cute by Emma Lord | Spoilers!

    Ok, I take back everything I've ever said about YA contemporary. Well, not really, but for the sake of this book I take it all back and I'll put it back later. This was a super cute little book and given I wasn't expecting much, I was blown away. The MCs Pepper and Jack aren't just cardboard cutouts, the typical 'outside girl' or 'hot guy'. They each have their issues, insecurities, and character traits that make them more than the stereotypical YA teen. Spoiler warning!! First of all, I loved t…

  • Review - City of Wishes by Rachel Morgan | Spoilers!

    So I audiobooked this one, listening to it as a 6 part story. Where do I begin... SPOILERS!! Alright, now we've gone past the spoiler warning, here are the good points: I liked the magic system. I liked the idea that the fae all had a certain level of power and that wishes were physical things that could be traded/bought/etc. The whole fairy godmother being a wish granter like she's some magical drug dealer with the power and fear-inducing reputation of a mafia boss was great (despite that endi…

  • Review - The Royally Series by Emma Chase | No Spoilers

    I listened to book 1 - 3 of this series (albeit in the wrong order 2,3,1 - oops) and I had the most fun with these books. They're the sexy kind of romance, so usually I don't expect much beyond the regular tropes of this genre, but I was pleasantly surprised. Usually these types of books are plagued with the 'misunderstanding' trope or the 'miscommunication' trope, which generally annoys the absolute bejeesus out of me, but these held off on that, instead heading in directions I found actually b…

  • Review - Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin | Spoilers!

    Wasn't sure what to expect going into this one but I was fairly certain it wasn't what I got. I audiobooked this one as part of a read-a-long and it was a fun, interesting read with some savage undertones. The main characters of Lou and Reid are the epitomy of enemies to lovers, particularly since Reid quite literally wants to kill anyone like Lou, including Lou herself if he knew what she was. Lou is the sassy female protagonist who doesn't listen to anyone and does what she wants. She has …

  • Review - The Dark Side series by Kristy Cunning | Spoiler-free

    Well, wasn't this a rollercoaster ride. First of all, this is most certainly an adult fantasy series. M15+. The whole shebang. Second of all, it is complex. There is a lot of information going on here and if you're not paying attention, you'll end up down a rabbit hole with no idea how you got there. I'm going to keep this review spoiler-free, which is going to be hard, but I'll give it a shot. The main character and the four guys this series centres around are actually rather well done as cha…

  • Review - A Tale of Stars and Shadow (A Tale of Stars and Shadow, #1) by Lisa Cassidy | Spoiler-free

    **Review also on Goodreads** So the reason I didn't give this 5 stars was that the pace for me was a bit slower than what I generally like - I'm not really one for the slow burn but otherwise this book was fabulous! The protagonist, Talyn, is a broken warrior/princess (although, she's a badass, slit-your-throat-with-her-sai type princess) who is sent on a vague and mysterious mission to train up a protection detail for the youngest prince of a neighbouring country. Also, there is a shadowy Robin…


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