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”

With Malice by Eileen Cook & The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid

*These reviews may contain spoilers, although I do try to avoid them, sometimes they are essential to an explanation*

with-malice_hresPublisher: HMH Books For Young Readers, June 7th 2016

Edition: Ebook, 320 pages

Goodreads Link

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron’s senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life. Continue reading “With Malice by Eileen Cook & The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid”

January Wrap-up

January has allowed me to begin 2017 on a good note. I’ve so far completed 3 books out of my 20 books target for this year. And, although my goal is significantly smaller than other avid readers, I thought it best to keep my goal realistic and achievable, considering my actual reading habits as of late. So here is a wrap up of all the books I read in January and my general opinions on them. Also, a mention of what I am currently reading and what I think so far.


The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid


The Diabolic is an all out there Sci-fi, that feels more like an intense political drama, which is set in space. Kincaid’s representation of the main protagonist, Nemesis, was brilliant. I related so strongly to this leading lady and because of that, I engaged with the novel on an emotional level – which has been a difficult task for a while now. I rated this 5/5 stars, so I certainly recommend checking this out.

I plan on releasing a review for this read soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen


I was sent a copy of Optimists Die First for review by Penguin Random House over on Netgalley – you can find that review here. I genuinely adored this book, despite its flaws, and awarded it a 4.5/5 stars. It’s a quirky and funny easy read that addresses some sensitive topics in a respectable manner. The cast is brilliant and entertaining, allowing you to engage with the story. This book brought me to tears, and lifted my spirits, sometimes within the same page. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who likes The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

With Malice by Eileen Cook


With Malice was an enjoyable read and the writing and the mystery were fairly engaging. Plus, I adored the ending. But, it’s one of those reads that you enjoy, and then forget about it 2 months later.  Compared to my other reads of January, it was average. I rated it a 3/5 stars and plan on doing a review, where I will explain my reasons why.


The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti


Synopsis: A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was released at the beginning of the year and I was sent a copy from review from Sourcebooks Fire. I’m not that far through it yet, however it’s interesting. The main protagonist is unusual compared to other main protagonists as she is not a nice person. She says the wrong things and judges people immensely. It’s a perspective I am not used to reading. I’m intrigued. Hopefully, I will finish this book soon so that I may release a full review.

As always, have you read any of these books? Share your opinions down below!

What’s on My Kindle

My Kindle is a constant companion, always in my bag whenever I leave the flat. With my Kindle I have the opportunity to carry hundreds of books, however, I like to be organised. I keep a small amount of books on my Kindle, only adding new books that I plan to read soon. So, here is a list of all the books on my Kindle that I hope to finish/read within the next few months.  Continue reading “What’s on My Kindle”

Anticipated YA Releases | Winter 2016/17

Winter, my favourite time of the year. The air is cold, the snow is falling, and I am reading while snuggled in a blanket drinking hot chocolate. It’s the time of year when YA releases dry up after the Autumn splurge. However, luckily for us little book nerds, there are still some amazing books waiting to join our never-ending TBR piles. The following list is that of this winter’s most anticipated releases (that are all either, stand alone or the beginning of a brand new series). Continue reading “Anticipated YA Releases | Winter 2016/17”

Underrated YA Novels

Last week I published a list of four novels that left me feeling deflated instead of hyped – you can check that list out here. This week I thought I would do the opposite and mention the underrated YA novels and series that you should begin reading immediately.

As you have probably guessed, I have read, completed and adored all of the books on this list. Also, this discussion does come across as more of a review/recommendations post. But, these books have all been underappreciated, therefore, I want more people to read them.
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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe
Beth Revis

My rating: 2/5 stars

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I must admit, this was a cover buy. I did not read the synopsis for this novel before I began reading. And, admittedly, I probably should have, because then I would know that this is definitely NOT my type of novel.

This novel is written with a dual perspective, which swaps between Amy and Elder. However, Amy is frozen for the first half of the novel, and I found that I couldn’t support either of the main protagonists as they were whiny and lacked common sense. Nothing makes me cringe more, than witnessing the main protagonist make a stupid decision, when all the right decision required was a little bit of common sense.

The romance between Amy and Elder was a classic example of ‘instalove’. The entire basis of Elder’s attraction to Amy was her appearance, her red hair in the sea of brunettes. If she also had brunette hair, the story would not have happened the way it did – in fact, she probably would not have been spoken to by Elder and just left in the Hospital to live out her life.

I found it difficult to engage with the narrative and, although I didn’t expect some of the revelations, I did not feel an ounce of surprise.

I’m certainly not interested in reading the sequel, which is disappointing as I had heard amazing reviews regarding this novel.

Zenith (The Androma Saga Part 1) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers, read at your own risk*

Quick Synopsis: The story follows the Bloody Baroness, Androma Racella, and her crew aboard the Marauder. When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.

Continue reading “Zenith (The Androma Saga Part 1) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings”