October 2017 TBR

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So I am writing this a couple days earlier and scheduling it go up on Sunday. So the books I put as currently reading might be wrong by the time this actually goes up! But anyway here is my TBR!

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I will be reading Before She Ignites as soon as it arrives from Book Depository as it is the BOTM for the Facebook group I run The YA Book Nerds!

These two are also BOTMs for other groups, but I’m not sure I will get to them. It will just depend on whether I can afford to buy them as even the eBook for One of Us is Lying is $12. Also neither of these books are avaliable on Scribd where I have eBook credits I could spend. So it will all depend on if I can afford them and them arrive in time to do so.
One of Us is Lying is for Life & Lit on Facebook & Queens of Geek is for YA Book Bloggers on Goodreads

These will be for my finish 7 series by the end of the year Goal!

These are both ARCs that I will be reading and reviewing very soon! I will probably pick up Zero Repeat Forever after I finish my current read as it releases on October 1st and I want to get it up at most a week after. The Girl From Munich doesn’t release till Nov according to the back of the ARC, but I want to get it up soon as I’m sure it has already released as you can buy it online already.

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This is another BOTM for the bookish groups I’m in. This one is for YA Book Club and Book Talk on Facebook

I’m not going to make a huge TBR for this month as I have been kinda pushing myself the last couple months and I just want to relax. I will be participating in the Duodecathon but I haven’t decided what I will read for that yet.

What are you planning on reading in October?! Are you apart of any fun Facebook or Goodreads Groups?! Let me know in the comments!

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Francesca Zappia
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 385 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
4 and a half stars

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Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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I like the cover art but I also don’t like it. I think the cover art is awesome but it doesn’t fully match the book. At no point in this book do they mention Eliza painting! It’s always drawing, so even though I like the look of the cover, it’s still not accurate and that annoys me.

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I really enjoyed the writing in this book! It flowed really well and was really easy to understand even for someone who has 0 experience with webcomics and that hole of the internet. I also loved the addition of my text messages & drawings! I love a book with little extra things in them and this was definitely one! I really liked the drawings and also little bits and pieces of the webcomic. Even though the webcomic story was a little confusing as it’s part way through the webcomic that they show and trying to keep track of the characters in the webcomic story was a bit of a task too as I would forget between each part of the comic as it was only ever 20 or so pages! But besides those little things, I really enjoyed the actual story itself.

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Mentions & thoughts of suicide within this book.

To be completely honest the main plot of this story I guessed before even starting the book. So it was just a point of waiting for it to happen. I also found this part of it kinda similar to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when it came to the ‘everyone finding out the secret through the internet’ type of thing. But besides that, I really enjoyed everything else in the plot of the book! I also think that everything was done really well and realistically. Sometimes I feel like some contemporaries just go overboard and border on unrealistic, but I definitely think that this book was done really well and never went too crazy!

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Okay, so I may be a bit prejudice as the MC and I share a name, but I really liked Eliza. I loved that even though she struggled with a lot of social situations she never let it actually get her down. She pushed through and knew her limits in situations she could control. She also felt relatable even though I don’t have much in common with her.

Wallace, I liked for the most part. However, after the secret was out I did not like his attitude in the slightest and even though he apologized it was only because he realised how far he had pushed her. But before that, he was selfish and obsessive and I was not okay with it at all.

I really like Eliza’s brothers! Church and Sully were so funny but also super understanding. They were also super surprising too and some of the stuff you find out I was not expecting at all! I kinda wish we could have a companion novel following them as they were my fave characters!

Eliza’s parents are a bit hard to judge.  I understand them completely as all they were trying to do is be involved in their daughter’s life but they didn’t understand how and Eliza never seemed to try and help them be in her life. And it frustrated me sometimes how Eliza reacted to them, but they also did kinda push some boundaries sometimes. Family dinner is not the right time to discuss whether your daughter should start birth control for an example! That is something that should be discussed in private, not with both parents and 2 brothers in the middle of dinner. So some of the time I did understand Eliza but also a larger part of the time I understood her parents struggle. That’s also another reason why I like Church and Sully because they took the time to actually explain to their parents what they did wrong to Eliza when she was just pushing them away and getting angry at them when they had no idea the whole situation! How could they know when she never told them the whole truth and kept the money side of it a secret from them.

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I enjoyed the writing and the addition of the texts and drawings in the book! Even though the main plot was obvious I really enjoyed the rest of the plot. I liked Eliza and loved her brothers a lot and wish they were a bit more in the book or get a companion about them. So yeah, overall I really enjoyed the book!


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Top 5 Wednesday

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

Prompt: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.
–Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use.

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1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


3. The Bone Season  by Samantha Shannon

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4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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5. A Court of Thorns and Roses  by Sarah J. Maas


What books have you read because of BookTube, Blogging or Bookstagram?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books That Feature LGBTQIAP+ Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

Prompt: Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

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1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Lesbian twin sister with a pansexual girlfriend, same-sex parents (females) & there were also other LGBTQIAP+ characters that popped in as well but weren’t major characters.

2. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan


This book starts on the night that kicks off pride week in San Fransisco! So you know there are going to be tonnes of LGBTQIAP+ characters. This book is Multi-POV following Kate who is lesbian & Mark who is Gay.

3. The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


The 1700s with a bisexual MC who is in love with his male best friend set off on an adventure that does not go to plan!

4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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A coming out story for a Gay MC with blackmail & mystery.

 5. Daughter of the Burning City by Amada Foody


One of Sorina’s illusions are lesbian (or maybe bisexual) and also this is just an amazing book and I couldn’t not put it here!

6. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The rest are books that are on my TBR that have LGBTQIAP+ characters

7.  Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire


8. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


9. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller


10. The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey


What is your favourite LGBTQIAP+ book?!

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Challenges/Readathons Meme

Read-A-Thon Guide – October 2017

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I’m back for another monthly ReadAThon guide! Let’s get into this!

At the moment I am only planning on doing the Duodecathon. If I am going to participate I will do a TBR before that ReadAThon before it starts.

I am predicting before searching that most of these will be Halloween themed.

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This ReadAThon occurs every month and each month there is a different focus on what to read.

So this ReadAThon has 2 parts, first, there is the theme. So the idea is to try and read books related to that theme and then there are the challenges, they are an extra challenge. I am not sure whether you have to try and find a challenge that fits into that month theme or whether you just read two separate books for each.

HERE is a link to their Goodreads page

This ReadAThon happens every month so here are all the future challenges in case you wanted to plan!

2-8 October: LGBTQIA+ Books
Challenge: Read Poetry & Short Stories

6-12 November: New to you authors
Challenge: Read A Duology

4-10 December: 2017 Debuts
Read the last book (or books) you bought

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This ReadAThon also is every month. This one has 12 options for challenges that you can pick from and the idea of this is that you participate every month and by the end of the year you will have done them all.

You can find info and join the Goodreads group HERE.

For August there are 2 ReadAThon dates and I’m assuming that is because there wasn’t a ReadAThon date for January. I will only be participating in one and that will be the 11-17 one.


October 7-13
November 22-28
December 25-31


Read 1,200 pages
Start OR finish a series
A 2017 debut author
A short story
A Graphic Novel
A Non-Fiction book
A Book that has been on your TBR for 2+ years
A book with multiple authors
A book you picked up because of the cover
A book that has to do with travelling
Someone else’s favourite book
The first book on your shelf you have read

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So this isn’t a ReadAThon is like a MovieAThon. But I thought I would put it in anyway.

So this is on the 28th of October and you just watch along with everyone participating.

You can find the movie list HERE along with the link for where you can watch on the day.

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So for this one each round of the ReadAThon you have to read books or authors (first or last) starting with a certain letter.

For this month the letter is D.

This round the ReadAThon goes from the 23rd of October to 29th of October.

You can find their Twitter HERE and their blog post HERE!

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This one is exactly how it sounds! You have 24 Hours to read as much as possible. What’s unique about this book is that this ReadAThon starts at the same time worldwide rather than at a certain time in your time zone.

And you know what else is super cool? The October ReadAthon marks the 10 year anniversary of the event!

In October it is happening on the 21st.

To find out what time the ReadAThon starts for you then go HERE and it will tell you so you don’t have to figure it out.

There is also a 30 Days of ReadAThon challenge going on for the 10 year anniversary and you can find more info HERE!

And you can find their Twitter HERE.

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So this is being run by Empty Shelfie. This is a month long ReadAThon where there are 7 reading challenges. You can complete as many as you like though. The only rule to this ReadAThon is you must read books you already own or have checked out of the library. The idea of this ReadAThon is exactly as the name suggests, to empty your shelves. So you can’t go out and buy a book specifically for any of the challenges. That is also why they don’t say that you have to complete all the challenges because you just may not have a book that fits that challenges already on your shelf. Oh, and btw any eBook & audiobooks you own count too!

So there is also a whole lot more going on in the month of October for the Spookie Shelfie such as Instagram challenges, BookTube challenges, Movie WathALongs, Reading Sprints & Author Pep Talks. There are also going to be prizes for some things and the prizes will be ‘spookie’ themed.

You can watch the announcement video HERE. It’s not the best quality video when it comes to audio and I had trouble understanding some of what was said, so check out HarbackHoarder’s announcement video. She is one of the hosts and explains it really well. You can also find the Reading challenges announcement video HERE! Again the video is kinda bad audio quality so I watched Libri Labra’s TBR video and got the challenges from there. She is one of the hosts so I’m assuming they are correct haha. You can find her video HERE if you want to watch it. Their YouTube Channel HERE! Their Twitter HERE! Their Goodreads HERE!

Reading Challenges:

Read a book that will probably give you nightmares
Read a book with a serial killer in it
Read a book with a freakish character
Read a book with orange or black on the cover
Read a book with a spell or curse
Read a book with a mask on the cover or the word “mask” in the title
Read a book with supernatural or paranormal elements

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SpookAThon is a week long ReadAThon that starts on the 16th at midnight till 11:59pm on the 22nd of October in your time zone.

SpookAThon Twitter page.

You can find announcement posts on Paige’s Pages, Bookerly & BooksandLala

Reading Challenges:

Read a thriller
Read a book that is based off of a childhood fear
Read a book with orange on the cover
Read a book with a spooky word in the title
Read a book with a spooky setting.

There is also a ReadALong book that you can choose to read and that is A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena. You can win a copy of this book before the ReadAThon if you comment on any or all of the hosts announcement videos which I linked above.


There is also a month long Instagram challenge which is being put up on Kayla’s Instagram: BooksandLala. It is not up currently I don’t think (well I couldn’t find it), so follow her so you don’t miss it.

Okay, so I think that is all. But as always if you know any other ReadAThons happening in October then please comment or tag me in it on Twitter!

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#LoveOzYABloggers – Historical

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I’m sorry I have posted soo much today! This will be post number 4! But Originally it was meant to be 2, my review & then the Duodecathon wrap up but then I remembered I didn’t finish that tag yesterday and then I was going through the ‘Australian YA Bloggers & Readers‘ blog directory and seeing if there were any new accounts I could follow I came across this meme of sorts run by #LoveOzYA and I had to join!

#LoveOzYABloggers is hosted by #LoveOzYA, a community led organisation dedicated to promoting Australian young adult literature. Keep up to date with all new Aussie YA releases with their monthly newsletter, or find out what’s happening with News and Events, or submit your own!


So for this prompt, I am going to talk about 3 Aussie YA Historical Fictions I want to read! I didn’t actually have any on my TBR already, but I have done some googling and reading some synopsis’s and now I have 3!

The Castaway Convict by Wendy Macdonald


So the first thing that caught my eye with this book was the name having ‘convict’ in it. But then reading the synopsis and seeing that this book is based in the Port Arthur Convict Prison in Tasmania which I have visited when I went on holidays in Tassie when I was in primary school.

Goodreads Synopsis:

It is 1845, and twelve-year-old Josh is in Point Puer, the boys division of the Port Arthur convict prison in Van Diemen s Land (Tasmania). But he cannot remember committing any crime, or how he got to Point Puer. And why do they keep calling him Tom Parish? Then an act of spite by a bully plunges Josh into a series of adventures, and he and Sarah, his surprising and resourceful new friend, must unravel the clues to the mystery of his identity.

Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby


So I love anything war based but I have never read anything based in WWI! So that caught my attention with this book.

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s 1915 and sixteen-year-old Australian, Flora Wentworth, is visiting Cairo with her archaeologist father. She watches with growing alarm as first a trickle and then a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli.

Flora’s comfortable life is turned upside down when a hospital visit thrusts her into the realities of World War 1. She is soon transporting injured soldiers and helping out exhausted nurses – managing to fall in love along the way.

As Flora battles to save lives and find her own, a tragic misunderstanding changes everything

When We Were Two by Robert Newton


So first the cover caught my attention but the synopsis sounds really interesting. Also in the genre’s on Goodreads it is marked as a ‘war’ book but nothing in the synopsis says that so I will have to see.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Dan had to go,
He felt he had no choice,
but leaving home was never
going to be easy . . .

Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it’s a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.

When they are taken under the wings of a group of would-be soldiers marching over the mountains to join up for the Great War, Dan and Eddie’s journey becomes something quite unexpected. The experiences they share will shape their future beyond recognition.

This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story – Robert Newton at his very best.

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Tag Sunday (kinda) – I Love Spring Book Tag

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So, I started this a few days ago when I was bored and then my mate turned up so I had to pause… Then I was planning on doing it yesterday as a Tag Sunday post, but I was so tired so I just went to bed. So here it finally is!

I will be getting back into Tag Sunday’s from now on as I have been so slack!

So let’s get straight into it!

1. How is spring where you live?

Bloody hot and dry.

2. Anticipated book release this Spring?

3. What book cover makes you think of Spring?

4. Where are you going to read this month?

That’s kinda an odd question? I’m going to read in the same places as the rest of the year? Bed & longue as usual.

5. Find a cover with a sun on it?


6. What are your favourite spring reads?

I don’t read certain genres in certain seasons. I just always read YA fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian and historical fiction.

7. Find a book with many different colours on it.

I’m choosing a series & a single book that I instantly thought of when reading this question.


8. Who do you tag?

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So usually I tag my 2 latest followers, but as this tag is limited to people who are in Spring atm I’m not going to tag anyone in particular. But if you are in Spring right now then consider yourself tagged!

Also if you are a fellow Aussie then let me know in the comments!

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September 2017 Duodecathon Wrap Up

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So I didn’t read too much during the Duodecathon this time but I completed 1 challenge, so I’m happy with that. On the weekend I was helping my dad a fair bit and then went out on Saturday night too and then went to bed pretty early on Sunday as I only got 2 and a half hours sleep on Saturday, so I did absolutely no reading on the weekend. So this is what I read for the first 5 days of the ReadAthon.

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I started this book before the ReadAThon and finished it during.

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This book completed the challenge ‘someone else’s favourite book’.

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I started listening to this audiobook and have got a bit over a quarter in.

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I also started The Last Namsara. I read 82% of this book during the ReadAThon.

Here is how I’m going so far with the challenges (ones in bold I have completed)

Read 1,200 pages
Start OR finish a series
A 2017 debut author
A short story
A Graphic Novel
A Non-Fiction book
A Book that has been on your TBR for 2+ years
A book with multiple authors
A book you picked up because of the cover
A book that has to do with travelling
Someone else’s favourite book
The first book on your shelf you haven’t read

That is all. Hopefully, I will get a bit more read in the October Duodecathon!

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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Last Namsara
Kristen Ciccarelli
Series Name: Iskari
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Hachette Australia
4 stars

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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

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Generally, I don’t like people on the cover of books, but covers with part of someone’s face don’t bother me and I really like this one. I like how simple it is and how well it represents this book! I also love the design on the knife too.

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I didn’t love the writing to be completely honest. Every now and then there were a couple paragraphs that really didn’t make sense. When this happened a lot of the time it was the movement of a character. It’s hard to explain but it was just kinda contradicting itself I guess. Like they would say this person was somewhere or doing something and then the next second they were somewhere else or doing something else that shouldn’t have been possible. That’s the best I can explain it.
But as I am reading an eARC of this book, this may have been corrected for the final copy but I’m not fully sure obviously. But it was a little annoying when that happened as it just wrecked the flow of the book.

But besides that, there was also the romance. It wasn’t my favourite either. Not only am I not a romance reader but it was also pretty predictable and typical of a “forbidden love” story. But I’m really glad that the romance didn’t overtake the rest of the plot of the book.

I also enjoyed that they included some of the stories they talked about in the book. I thought that was a cool touch.

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I really enjoyed the plot of the book and I didn’t find it predictable even though I found the romance predictable. The plot was fairly unique and I loved the stories. And come on, the book has dragons!

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Asha was a little annoying at times. Through most of the book, she acted like she was better than everyone else because she was the ‘Iskari’. I get that yes she may have been a more powerful person but that doesn’t mean you have to act stuck up about it. Her personality when it came to this really annoyed me but besides that she was okay.

I really enjoyed Safire though. She was awesome and such a badass. She is also really strong! No matter the crap she had to put up with she was strong all the way and was there for her family the whole time.

Jarek was a horrible person. He is so controlling and obsessive. Honestly, at a couple points, I cringed when he came up to Asha and I’m only reading about it!

Dax I also enjoyed. He wasn’t that present for most of the book but in the end I really enjoyed him and what he did. He cared for Asha a lot and even though she was the ‘Iskari’ and was meant to be this fearless person he still saw her as his sister and looked out for her rather than treating her like a prop or a weapon like others tried.

Torwin I don’t really know how I feel about. I did enjoy him for most of it but for some parts, he just felt like ‘the forbidden love interest’ and that was it. I would have really liked if this book was in Multi POV with Torwin & Asha because seeing him through her eyes that was all he was really, the forbidden love interest. I would have liked to see him as his own person a bit more but the only time we see that is the part with the dragon and when he was telling stories about the woman who raised him.

I won’t talk about my opinions about anyone else as I don’t want to spoil anything!

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Overall I didn’t love the writing or the MC. I hope that in the next book she comes down off the high horse she has been sitting on for most of this book. The romance was not my favourite either, but I’m not a romance fan so that doesn’t mean too much. I did enjoy the plot of the book and some of the characters.

*For my rating I did not take into consideration the trouble I had understanding some parts just because I’m not sure if that is a fault with the eARC or not.*

I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you  very much to Hachette Australia & NetGalley for this opportunity.

You can PRE-ORDER this book as an eBook, hardback or paperback copy from the Hachette Australia website HERE!

You can also PRE-ORDER it in Hardcover from:
Book Depository  /  Dymocks (Alternate cover – Below)

Book Depository (Alternate cover)  /  Dymocks  /  QBD

eBook & Audiobook:
Amazon/Audible Aus
*The audiobook is only $14.95 AUD or 1 Audible Credit*

Alternate cover (as mentioned above)


ARE YOU PLANNING ON PICKING THIS BOOK UP when it releases?! Or have you already pre-ordered!

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I started a bookish Facebook group!

The YA Book Nerds

So if you saw my post last week you would know that I was considering to start a bookish Facebook group! Well, I decided to do it!!

Everyone is welcome to join! Just click HERE or the image above.

The voting is up on the page right now! For October I just picked 6 books released in the last 12 months as we are running out of time before October starts and I want to hopefully get at least a few votes before the 30th of September. The choices are:
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Walking Land by Callie Bates
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

I know this will be a slow process, to begin with! But hopefully, some of you will join!

I plan on doing some other events and fun things as well as the BOTMs but I’m going to wait until I get a few members first.

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