March Wrap up/April TBR (Arc-ish Readathon) | 2017

March has been quite a successful reading month for me. In fact, I think this may be the most books I have ever read within one month. Wooohooo! Achievement accomplished. This is brilliant, especially following of the lull that occurred in February, where I only read one book – which I will feature down below.

Over all, March has been a successful month. Despite my two week hiatus from blogging, this month has allowed me to consider the direction I wish to take with this blog. Although books will remain my primary focus, I will also be creating posts that will discuss diversity in life and literature and the advice that I have collected over the years – things I wish I knew years ago. This month has allowed me to plot new posts, as well as conjuring up the confidence to talk more about what I wish to discuss and represent.

So, let’s get on with my reading wrap-up for February and March, and A Very ARC-ish Readathon TBR. Continue reading “March Wrap up/April TBR (Arc-ish Readathon) | 2017”

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Rating: 5/5

Victoria wowed me last summer with This Savage Song, and ever since I have been craving more of her writing.
A Darker Shade of Magic represents what can happen when an author is truly dedicated. Schwab beautifully constructs each world, from the already familiar Grey London, the vibrant Red London, to the lifeless White London. The worlds are presented to us through a considerate narrative that avoids the dreaded ‘info dumping’ of key information by revealing details through essential scenes.

The story features a fully fleshed cast of characters, a cross dressing thief with high aspirations, a magical, brooding red head with the ability to travel between worlds, a charming Prince that will make you swoon,  and an intriguing magic system that plays a character of its own. The third person narrative perspective primarily follows Kell and Lila, two very different characters who become unlikely allies. While the perspective occasionally shifts to other characters, allowing for further exploration of the world and the peripheral characters that you come to care for immensely.

Schwab masterfully demonstrates the importance of showing, not of telling. Concluding the story in a satisfying yet open manner. This book is definitely going on my list of Favourite Books of All Time.

Have you read A Darker Shade of Magic? Leave your opinion down below!

The Magician’s Workshop Vol 1 by J.R.Fehr & Christopher Hansen

*This book was sent by Wondertale in exchange for an honest review*

51P3wt+z90L._SY346_Publisher: Wondertale, November 8th, 2016

Edition: Ebook, 247 pages

Paperback Release: April 25, 2017 (estimated)

Goodreads Link

Synopsis: Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory.
Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. When her power is at last discovered, she realises that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.
Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

When I was originally asked to review this book, the main thing that caught my attention was the idea that in this world you can create anything you can imagine. Instantly I needed to know just how this world functions. How society handles this ability. And how the child protagonists, Layauna and Kai, live within this world. Author’s Hansen and Fehr definitely deliver these answers in a logical manner, making this a read you can engage with from page one
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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

*I was sent a copy from Sourcebooks Fire in return for an honest review*

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti


Rating: 3/5

I only managed to get to 31% with this book. This is mainly due to the fact that I struggled to agree with the main protagonist regarding her approach to discussing Lizzie Lovett and the theories she conjured up about her disappearance. Although the book was well written – Hawthorn was certainly a developed character – I didn’t feel as if I could spend an entire novel reading from Hawthorn’s first person perspective.

The mystery is engaging, and I would have continued reading in order to discover the truth, if it wasn’t for Hawthorn’s persistent personality.
I understand that at 31% point I was just reaching the part of the novel that introduced a new conflict or potential suspect, however, I don’t feel as if I can go on.
This book would be more suited to an out going reader, someone who relates to outspoken figures; whereas I am a more reserved individual who would much prefer to keep my theories regarding such a matter to myself.

What did you think? Leave a comment down below!

The Return | Episode 1


I’m back posting! Thank you for your patience as I took a step back from blogging in order to focus on my University work. Unfortunately, this will likely be something that happens a few times a year, as deadlines pile up and my sanity dwindles. However, not to fear, as these breaks will allow me to develop new ideas and discussion posts for you to enjoy – alongside ensuring I don’t burn myself out.

While away, I decided that the current aesthetic of the blog will stay, for now – it’s clean, light, and has all the features I think it needs. However, if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see, any features or decorations, just share them down below. I’m always happy to receive feedback on everything I post here.

I have a long list of post ideas for the next few months, including discussions regarding sexuality, diversity, and mental health, reviews of the newest YA releases, guides for the perfect night in, author appreciation posts, and much more. So I hope you keep your eye out for all of them.

Also, I’m starting a series of posts called “Episodes” where I talk about life, reading habits, slumps, binges, and other life bits and bobs. Where others Vlog, I blog. This series of posts will allow me to keep a record of my life in a way. I’ll be posting bi-monthly (once a fortnight) on a Monday.

Additionally, I am going to stop posting about games. In all honesty, my game posts are my least popular posts. Plus, whenever I use a Friday posting slot to publish a Gaming post, I feel as if I am wasting a slot that could have gone to a book or life discussion post. Maybe in the future I will return to game related content, perhaps when I have more to discuss. However, for now, those posts are gone.

I look forward to the upcoming months of blogging as University slowly winds down, giving way into a Summer of Readathons,  new releases, and sunny weather to relax in.

What are your thoughts? Leave your opinion down below!

Anticipated YA Releases | Spring 2017

The Winter lull has finally ended. We’ve hit Spring, which means more YA releases are heading our way. The following is a list of my most highly anticipated series starters and standlones publishing this Spring. Make sure to keep an eye out for these new releases and support the authors behind them. Continue reading “Anticipated YA Releases | Spring 2017”